Now that the holidays are here, families and friends will be getting together to celebrate and share gifts. While this can be a joyous time of year, it is also when personal injuries and accidents increase because property owners fail to take proper safety measures. That is why our lawyers at the Law Office of Seni Popat, P.C. want to take the time to tell you about common holiday accidents and injuries you need to be aware of so you can ensure your holiday parties and events go smoothly.
#1: Decorating-Related Accidents
According to the CDC, 5,800 Americans sustain serious injuries from falls and other accidents while decorating their homes for the holidays. 43% of decorating-related accidents involve ladders. There are numerous injuries you can sustain if you fall while decorating, such as broken bones, concussions, and torn muscles. If you are decorating your home this year, make sure you don’t stand on any furniture and always be mindful of your balance when using a ladder.
#2: Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Association (NHTSA) reports that more than 800 people have been killed in DUI accidents on “Thanksgiving Eve” between 2012 and 2016. If you factor in that there is more traffic than usual during the holidays and bad weather conditions, then you can see why it is so dangerous to be on the road this time of year. If you will be driving during the holidays, make sure you don’t drink alcohol and have an emergency kit in your vehicle.
#3: Electrical Shock
While decorative lights can make your home look beautiful at night, they are also a serious safety hazard if you aren’t careful. Electrical shock can result in serious nerve and tissue damage, cardiac arrest, and thermal burns. Thousands of people are sent to the emergency room each year for electrical shock injuries during the holidays, so be cautious and unplug light strands and extension cords before working with decorative lights in your home.
Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Queens
The Law Office of Seni Popat, P.C. hope you and your loved ones have a festive holiday season! If you or someone you know suffers a serious injury over the holidays due to another person’s negligence, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can explain all of your options under the law. We are committed to recovering maximum compensation on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to put our skills to work for you today.