The holidays are filled with laughter, family, and fun, but it can also be one of the most dangerous times of the year.
Some Common Personal Injuries During the Holidays
Although most of us feel a sense of excitement around the holidays, we may also feel stressed, rushed, and overwhelmed. These things can lead to accidents. Some of the most common holiday personal injuries include:
Car Accidents – With more people on the roads in a rush to finish holiday shopping or get to a festive party, the possibility of a car accident increases profoundly. During the holidays, the number one personal injury is serious or even fatal car accidents.
Back Injuries – Back injuries are also more common during the holidays as people lift and carry heavy packages, decorations, and lug around suitcases during holiday travel. Snow clean-up can also cause severe back injuries.
Slips and Falls – Icy steps and walkways can be disastrous, and many slips and falls occur during the holidays. Hanging holiday decorations from ladders may also cause injuries.
Fires and Burns – Extra cooking and burning candles around the holidays can lead to fires and burns. Holiday lights on Christmas trees also lead to fires causing more than a thousand injuries each year and damages totaling $990 million.
Electrical Shock – Holiday lights also cause electrical shock. An average year may see more than 5,000 electric shock victims. Electric shock can result in burns, nerve damage, cardiac arrest, and muscle and tissue damage.
Cuts or Lacerations – Opening packages, cutting boxes with knives, and even excess cooking can result in severe cuts and lacerations.
Shopping/Mall Injuries – More people visit the malls around the holidays, which could mean disaster for some. Mall and shopping accidents could include stampedes, customer disputes, trips, and even slips and falls. Black Friday has been the cause of many violent conflicts in the past.
Help with Personal Injuries
If you or someone you love is injured during the holidays, you may need help with your case. Contact Baron, Herskowitz, and Cohen, experienced personal injury lawyers, for assistance and a free consultation.