Last week we discussed how company holiday parties can result in worker’s compensation cases. But outside of the office, what happens when the holidays get too rough? 80,000 people end up in the hospital each year during the holidays, and of those, 6,000 go on Christmas day.
Follow our guide for a safe, injury-free holiday, but remember: if you or someone you love IS injured during the holidays, you may have a Personal Injury case. Play it safe; call the skilled personal injury lawyers at Montagna Klein Camden Law Firm in Norfolk, VA.
Decking the Halls: Many people get injured while decorating their home for the holidays. Falling from ladders is a common holiday injury; either while stringing up lights on the house or adjusting the tree topper. Always have a spotter when using ladders, and never stand on chairs when decorating. Children have a habit of swallowing the light bulbs, causing further yuletide hysteria, so keep an eye on any young tots in the vicinity.
A Full House: If you’re having house guests this year, or visiting friends or family, be alert. The clutter that stems from overnight bags and messy guests can cause injuries, too. Keep walkways clear of shoes, dirty clothes and kids’ toys, and make sure to have some nightlights in hallways near restrooms. Guests who use the bathroom in the middle of the night will thank you in the morning.
Step Up: Stairs pose a serious hazard around the holidays. A house full of clutter, pets and people, many of whom are likely partaking of some “special” eggnog, make stairs a very real danger. If you’ve had a few more drinks than usual, try to remember to take a deep breath before facing the steps. Make sure they’re clear of people and toys, and take your time. Nothing ruins a fun, festive night like a trip to the emergency room.
Stuffing Face: The holiday meal is riddled with peril, whether you’re eating or cooking. Hot, boiling water and long, sharp knives are out in abundance before dinnertime, so be cautious and move slowly in the kitchen. Always use a pot-holder to handle dishes if you’re not sure how hot they are, and keep an eye out for slippery spills. As always, when in-laws and alcohol mix, be careful with your words!
Holiday Shenanigans: In general, the holidays are more dangerous than most of us realize. Wrapping & unwrapping gifts can lead to accidents with scissors; assembling toys or furniture can often lead to bloodshed; candles left unattended or near trees pose a serious threat; as does the tree itself if not watered frequently. Even mistletoe is poisonous!
We’re not trying to scrooge up your holiday season, rather we’re hoping to prevent a messy or painful evening for you, your family and your friends. We know that even the most careful of people can’t always foresee danger. That’s why we’re here. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for you and your case, to get you the compensation you need to recover. Even if you’re not sure you have a case, call us for a free consultation. It’s what we’re here for.