A serious injury is a good way to put a wet blanket on your holiday celebrations, but unfortunately they happen. In fact, for a variety of reasons, certain injury risks actually increase significantly during the holiday season. On this blog, we call attention to just a few increased injury risks that coincide with the holidays, and provide some valuable advice for avoiding them.
We don’t frequently see too much in the way of severe or bad weather during our winter months here in Florida other than maybe a little rain. However, those who travel to a climate with a more traditional winter may encounter frigid temperatures, snow, sleet, and ice. Ice on sidewalks or in roads is a major hazard and can result in some serious accidents. Combine this with a historically-consistent increase in intoxicate drivers on the roads and you have a potentially dangerous accident-causing combination.
Hosting Holiday Festivities
Are you planning on hosting a holiday gathering at your home or office? Premises liability law dictates that you should take every necessary precaution to reduce the chances of someone being hurt while on your property. This includes repairing or securing any potentially dangerous property features and clearly indicating any that you cannot. This also includes securing any pets which may not be super friendly to visitors; dog bites injuries are your responsibility under premises liability laws.
Holiday lights displays are beautiful to look at, but any time you run electricity up lines, the risk of an electrical accident rises. Before plugging any lights in, be sure to inspect the lines thoroughly for any fraying or missing shielding. If there is any damage that exposes the metal inside, dispose of the string or properly repair it with approved insulation. Likewise, related to the previous point, if you’re going to be running any extension cords or cables along the ground, tape them down thoroughly and place a sign indicating its presence to avoid any potentially costly trip-and-fall injuries.
If you or a loved one sustains an injury this holiday, trust your case to the experienced representation of Attorney Bryan D. Caulfield, Esq. He has been named a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar Association, indicating his ability and acclaimed reputation amongst his peers. As a Clearwater personal injury attorney, Mr. Caulfield recognizes the importance securing financial relief has on your life, and works diligently to protect your rights both in and out of the courtroom.Put more than 25 years of experience in your corner; call (727) 308-6060 today and ask for Bryan to receive a free consultation!