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Stay Safe This Season – Be on the Lookout for Common Holiday Injuries

The holiday season is right around the corner. Many of us will be getting together with family and enjoying food and various activities. In my family, the kids will be running around, the adult men will be watching sports while the adult ladies spend time socializing. Though this time of the year brings great joy, there is always the risk of injury and some injuries are specific to this time of the year. This post will hit on this concept and will warn you of these risks.

Common Holiday Injuries

According to Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, there are a number of injuries incurred while decorating for the holidays. Decoration injuries typically involve falls, lacerations and back strains. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that there were more than 15,000 reported injuries sustained while decorating during November and December of 2013.  

The CPSC further reports that 75,543 injuries related to luggage occurred in 2013. Luggage injuries normally involve back and/or shoulder injuries. To best avoid these injuries, it is important to travel light. Though it may be tempting, especially for my wife, do not pack more than you need. If you are flying and need to place your bag(s) in the overhead compartment, be sure to place your bag on the seat first and then slowly lift with your legs.

In addition, winter sports pose several risks. Winter sports include, but are not limited to, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding and snow tubing. The CPSC found that there were 44,000 injuries related to winter sports in 2010. When participating in winter sports, it is best to wear protective gear, only participate in daylight, do not participate for too long of a time, stay hydrated and be sure that you are familiar with your surroundings.

From here, there are a lot of carving injuries. As a matter of fact, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is among the five most common Thanksgiving-related injuries. Yet, carving injuries can happen to you with no matter what you are carving. Knife-safety is important.

When you are cutting something, it is critical that you do not cut towards yourself. You should not cut in the dark and be sure that the cutting surface is not wet/slippery. Similarly, be sure that the knife, or other cutting utensil, is dry. Of course, be sure not to allow young children to use cutting utensils.

Finally, a lot of injuries result from falling off ladders. For this reason, it is important to be knowledgeable of ladder safety. Do not climb a ladder with broken/damaged hinges, be sure to wear proper footwear, ensure that the ladder’s steps are clean, ensure that the ladder is located on a flat surface and make sure that your ladder is placed one foot away from the wall for every four feet of ladder rise.    

Hire an Attorney for your Case

In sum, if you are injured at the fault of another person or entity, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer for your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Your compensation may include, but is certainly not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are here for you. Call one of our personal injury lawyers today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.


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