For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, to share a meal together and be grateful for all you have. However, the risk of injury during this time of year surges--which can quickly turn a light-hearted occasion into a sobering trip to the emergency room.
In our last post, we discussed the risk of kitchen fires during Thanksgiving feast preparations. This week, we examine a few other injuries that are particularly common over the holiday weekend.
- Black Friday: For many families, a trip to the mall the day after Thanksgiving can be as much a tradition as the holiday itself. Black Friday sales exponentially increase the number of patrons in retail stores--and the frantic race to get what you want before it's gone can lead to "retail rage" injuries from fighting, pepper spraying, trampling and other customer misbehaviors.
- Car accidents: Thanksgiving weekend also sees a surge in traffic fatalities. For many people, celebrating Thanksgiving involves traveling long distances to be with family--resulting in more congested roads overall. In addition, instances of drunk driving spike over the holiday weekend.
- Food poisoning: Nothing says Thanksgiving dinner quite like turkey. However, undercooking a turkey is quite common--resulting in salmonella and other bacteria that can cause disease. If you buy your turkey ready-made from a grocery store or restaurant, they have a legal obligation to ensure it's prepared safely.
We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season. However, if you face any Thanksgiving-related injuries while shopping, on the road or at the dinner table, it's worth contacting an experienced personal injury attorney for a case review.