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The Most Common Holiday Disasters

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The Most Common Holiday DisastersNEW YORK – Most of us have witnessed and perhaps even experienced how painful the holidays can be. And these accidents are often highlighted in many movies our friends and neighbors watch on a yearly basis.

The two burglars from Home Alone suffered immense injuries: stepping on broken ornaments, grabbing a red-hot door handle and getting whacked in the head with a shovel. Somehow, Harry and Marv lived to torment Kevin in a sequel.

I can’t even begin to describe the many accidents Clark Griswold endures in Christmas Vacation. Aside from crashing his car into a snow bank, Clark found himself in several other painful predicaments.

Although these films are dramatized, holiday accidents are often real – and really painful. A New York slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes says there are many ways things can go wrong during the holidays – and we now have statistics to show for it.

“Aside from car crashes, thousands of people can break a bone or get a concussion by falling on ice – and there’s plenty of ice this time of year in Manhattan,” slip and fall lawyer Ross Cellino said. “It’s the most common type of injury during the holidays.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission keeps track of most of these injuries in an effort to prevent them from happening more frequently. Some of the most common holiday-related accidents are not unlike those your favorite characters encounter in the movies either; aside from car crashes and falls, these yuletide accidents include:

  • Lacerations
  • Hit with something
  • Decorating/Wrapping injuries
  • Choking
  • Food poisoning
  • Electrocution
  • Burns

Children are also at risk during the holiday season. Many young children simply love sticking things in their mouths – including Christmas lights, ornaments and other decorations. In total, it is estimated that more than 90 children will visit emergency rooms this time of year for injuries that can be traced back to the holiday spirit.

However, the most at-risk age group are middle-aged Americans – and many of them are injured doing Clark Griswold-esque activities. The CPSC described more than 130 incidents of people between 45 and 65 suffering foot fractures, shoulder injuries, back injuries, and concussions from falling off ladders or getting electrocuted while trying to break a world-record for most Christmas lights drawing power from a single plug.

The Manhattan slip and fall lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say it’s important for holiday cheermeisters to keep safety first this season:

  • Make sure sidewalks and steps are clear of snow and ice
  • Keep children away from breakable or sharp objects
  • Use a ladder on steady and even ground
  • Keep your home tidy to avoid tripping on loose decorations
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets
  • Read directions for toys and kitchenware
  • And drink responsibly

According to the CPSC, many of the holiday-related accidents are also fueled by alcohol.

The Manhattan slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes urge any accident victim to seek immediate medical attention. In many cases, those who have been injured may also be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been hurt by someone else’s negligence, call an experienced attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.

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