NEW YORK — The holiday season tends coincide with a spike in calls to New York personal injury lawyers. The fact that more people need lawyers this time of year isn’t quite a coincidence — people are busier this time of year, traveling more to see their loved ones and getting all the items on their shopping lists. With more traffic on the roadways, in shopping malls, and other public places, a person’s chances of experiencing a personal injury accident skyrocket.
While the holiday season has its joyful moments, it is often a hectic time for people — especially New Yorkers. The city of New York attracts 5 million visitors during the holidays, most who stay in Manhattan to see the city’s enchanting Christmas displays.
A surge in population this large often correlates with an uptick in accidents. If you are injured while traveling or shopping in Manhattan, be sure to speak with a Manhattan personal injury lawyer before accepting a settlement offer.
Premises Liability Accidents During the Holidays
Each year, you can expect to see a news segment covering Black Friday sales. Sometimes, journalists report on injuries and even deaths that occur in the midst of the chaos. Black Friday is an especially dangerous time to visit brick-and-mortar stores; for many families however, Black Friday shopping has become a tradition.
Some of the most common accidents that occur on Black Friday are:
- Slip-and-falls from wet or icy floors
- Trip-and-falls from loose wires, holiday decorations, and defective flooring
- Being hit with falling items from overstocked shelves
- Assault from other shoppers
A number of mild to severe injuries may result from any one of these accidents.
Home Injuries During the Holidays
Many people sustain injuries in the comfort of their own homes at this time of year. Whether you are a fan of lighting up the inside or outside of your home, installing light displays can pose a threat, as can cooking for large groups. Defective holiday lights may lead to electrocution and present a fire hazard, as can keeping busy in the kitchen.
Other home holiday risks may include:
- Falling from a ladder while setting up holiday decorations
- Defective toys and gifts
- Fires from using fireplaces
Injuries while Traveling
Millions of Americans skip town to meet up with family and friends in other parts of the country. Whether you choose to travel by plane, train, or automobile, the surge in travelers correlates with an increase in accidents while traveling.
Some of the most common accidents are:
- Car accidents
- Accidents on airplanes
- Accidents in airports
- Accidents on trains
- Train-on-car crashes
Take Legal Action for a Holiday Accident
The holiday season has likely made a dent in your wallet. The last thing you need is to pay for an unplanned medical expense. With an attorney from Cellino & Barnes by your side, you may be able to recover funds for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Transportation costs
- Pain and suffering
Call our New York personal injury lawyers to discuss your case.
Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888