Although you may not want to think about it while planning your Thanksgiving dinner or holiday decorations, many people get injured during the holidays. Keep your celebrations joyful this year and avoid a personal injury lawsuit by learning more about common holiday injuries and taking precautions against them.
How Do People Get Injured During the Holidays?
1. Car Accident
Even if rain, ice, and snow make driving conditions hazardous, many will brave the weather to visit their loved ones or do some last-minute shopping. These factors, compounded by poor vehicle maintenance, intoxicated drivers, and holiday stress, contribute to car accidents and personal injury claims this season.
For everyone's safety, ensure your car is in good shape before you hit the road. Avoid drinking, even if it's below the legal limit, as adverse road conditions will require your full attention.
2. Slips & Falls
In the winter, walkways and driveways can become hazardous. As a property owner, you're legally obligated to keep your premises hazard-free, so use rock salt or commercial products to deice your grounds as soon as they become slick to avoid a personal injury lawsuit. On the other hand, know that you may have the right to pursue legal action if you slip and fall on someone else's property.
Don't underestimate the potential injuries you may sustain while putting up holiday decorations. Every year, thousands are hurt due to defective ladders, faulty wiring, and slippery surfaces.
To avoid mishaps, ensure your ladder is secure and avoid decorating by yourself. Don't risk climbing onto a roof that's slick with rain or snow, and buy new Christmas lights to minimize the risk of electric shocks and fires caused by damaged or defective wires.
If you’re injured during the holidays, you may be entitled to legal help. Turn to the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. for top-notch legal advice and skillful representation in the Boston Metro Area. Their seasoned and dedicated attorneys are ready to defend your rights when it comes to personal injury, car accidents, slips and falls, and other practice areas. Call them today at (617) 778-1000 to schedule a consultation, or visit their website to view their list of services.