The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, and the last thing on your mind should be a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, even during the most wonderful time of the year. Tripping or falling over Christmas lights of your own doing is one thing, but what if your injury is caused by the negligence of someone else?
What is Negligence?
Negligence is when a person could have done something to prevent an unfortunate outcome but did not, either due to ignorance or laziness. For example, if a store owner refuses to clean up a spill and someone ends up getting hurt, the injured party is considered a victim of negligence.
Most Common Injuries During the Christmas Season
During 2011 through 2015, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported over 1,700 Christmas related injuries in 100 hospitals. Here are a collection of those common Christmas injuries.
Weather - It is no secret that, around the holidays, the weather can be intense if you live where it gets cold and snows. Not to mention, big holidays are the most dangerous days to drive to begin with, due to the higher number of potentially intoxicated drivers. If the weather is poor during your holiday travels, remember to take it slow. Your family will understand your safety precautions, and you will be more likely to avoid a negligent or drunk driver during your travels.
Decorations - Holiday decorations are the number one cause for injuries during the Christmas season. With indoor lights, there is a risk for electric shock or a fire. Ornaments are fragile and break easily. If someone leaves some glass on the floor from decorations, and you step on it or your child ingests it, you may have a personal injury case. Christmas trees can be heavy, and if a poorly secured tree injures you or your child during a Christmas party, the homeowner may be liable.
Gifts - You have worked hard to provide everything your child wants for Christmas, within reason. Whether your child believes in Santa or not, you are responsible for the year’s hottest toy. However, sometimes fun toys turn deadly because of manufacturing defects or small parts. Most toys will have a warning about age restriction, so be mindful when trying to purchase appropriate toys. However, not every injury from a toy is caused by the negligence of a parent, and sometimes companies are to blame.
Contact A Kane County Personal Injury Attorney Today
Do not let the negligence of others dampen your holiday spirit. Get in touch with an experienced Aurora personal injury attorney to ease the stress of a holiday-related injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Call 630-907-0909 to schedule a free consultation.