Most Common Christmas InjuriesPublished: Dec 20, 2017 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Premises Liability
Every year, Americans look forward to Christmas so that they can spend time with their loved ones and enjoy the festivities that the holiday offers. While Christmas is an exciting holiday, it can become dangerous when certain safety precautions are disregarded. Below is a list of the most common Christmas injuries you should be aware of so that you know when to be careful while getting into the holiday spirit. If you suffer from a Christmas-related injury that was caused by someone else’s negligent actions, contact our personal injury lawyers in Alabama at Belt & Bruner, P.C. right away at (205) 933-1500. If you or a loved one were injured in a devastating accident, consult with our injury lawyers. Every initial call is 100% free. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our attorneys will quickly travel to investigate your case and may be able to help you obtain compensation.
Falls From Hanging Christmas Lights or Decorations
All too often, people fall off a ladder and injure themselves while they are hanging Christmas lights or decorations. In order to avoid falls, you should use a dependable ladder and always ensure someone is securing its base. Hanging Christmas lights on a broken ladder without anyone around is a dangerous activity and should be avoided at all costs.
Burns and Fatalities From Christmas Tree Fires
You may be surprised to find out that the majority of house fires during the Christmas season are the result of a mixture of Christmas tree decorations and candles. To prevent serious injuries from Christmas tree fires, you should water your tree daily to prevent it from drying, dispose faulty light strands, and keep your pets away from the tree.
Back Injuries From Improperly Lifting a Christmas Tree and Heavy Decorations
Since trees are large and heavy, improperly lifting them along with heavy decorations can lead to back injuries. Although most back injuries are temporary, some may lead to chronic pain that makes day-to-day life difficult.
In order to avoid back injuries this Christmas, you should lift using your legs so that the strain is removed from your back. It’s also a good idea to share lifting duties with others so that the weight of the tree and heavy decorations is distributed evenly among multiple people.
Cuts and Back Injuries From Wrapping and Unwrapping Gifts
Everyone gets excited when it comes time to wrap and unwrap Christmas gifts. Since wrapping gifts can cause cuts from unsafe scissor usage, you should be extra cautious while using scissors to wrap gifts.
Wrapping and unwrapping gifts can also lead to back pain which can be avoided by sitting in a chair (rather than on the floor), wrapping and unwrapping a few gifts at a time, stretching, and opting for gifts bags instead of wrapping paper.
Various Injuries From Car Accidents
Since the roads are busy during the Christmas season, accidents caused by negligent drivers are not uncommon. These accidents often lead to broken bones, back injuries, neck injuries, leg injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and in the most serious cases – death.
To reduce your risk of getting into a car accident, keep your eyes on the road and refrain from drinking and driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and speeding while you’re behind the wheel this Christmas.
Contact our Personal Injury Lawyers in Alabama with Belt & Bruner, P.C.
Many Christmas injuries are related to carelessness. However, some are caused by the negligence of others. If you sustain a Christmas-related injury because of someone else’s negligence, you should contact the Alabama personal injury attorneys of Belt & Bruner, P.C. at (205) 933-1500 as soon as possible.