The holidays are a traditionally joyful time of year that brings friends and family together all across the world. While we all look forward to the cheer and sense of togetherness that comes with the holidays, this time of year is also notorious for injuries. In fact, more people sustain injuries during the holidays than any other time of year, which may come as a shock to some. The types of injuries that are common during the holidays range from cooking accidents to electrical fires, falls from ladders, car accidents, and so on. With this in mind, it is of the utmost importance that you do what you can to keep both you and your loved ones safe during this busy time of year. For many, the holidays can get quite stressful and overwhelming. It is important to approach each day with care and attention so you do not wind up in the emergency room along with the estimated 20,000 other people who will with holiday-related injuries.
The Atkins & Markoff team cares about you and wants to make sure you are safe and in good health during the holidays. In the event you do sustain an injury in the coming weeks, please give us a call. We will do everything we can do ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for any damages and costs you incur as a result of your holiday injury.
Let’s now take a look at some of the most common types of injuries that we see during the holiday season:
- Fall-Related Injuries – One of the most common types of injuries we see this time of year are those sustained from falls, often from putting up lights and other holiday decorations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 6,000 people visit the ER to be treated for falls sustained while putting up holiday decorations. In order to protect yourself, make sure you inspect all ladders and step stools before using them and always have someone spot you.
- Injuries from Fires – Fires are another common source of injuries during the holidays. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NEPA) indicate that 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of all home fire deaths occur during the holidays. There are numerous factors that contribute to home fires, from cooking equipment to tree mishaps and problems with decorative lights.
- Drunk Driving Accidents – During the holidays we also see a surge in the number of alcohol-related car accidents. Because of this, December has been deemed National Impaired Driving Prevention month. If you are hosting a holiday party, make sure you take preventative measures to ensure your guests stay safe, such as providing sleeping arrangements or encouraging they use services like Uber.
- Lacerations and Cuts – We also see a heightened number of lacerations and cuts during the holidays, often from opening gifts. As silly as this sounds, it is a serious problem. In fact, an estimated 6,000 people are treated in the ER every year for gift-related injuries. Be sure and take great care when opening gifts this holiday season and avoid using sharp objects that could damage your hands.
If you or a family member sustains an injury this holiday season, contact the personal injury attorneys from Atkins & Markoff. We will go over your case with you and determine if another party can be held liable for the damages you are left with. Stay safe and Happy Holidays from the Atkins & Markoff team!