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.