Helpful Tips to Prevent an Injury This Holiday Season

December 8, 2020

The holiday season is certainly the happiest time of the year, but despite the festive cheer, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Icy roads, crowded malls, and faulty holiday decorations are just a few common causes of personal injuries in Pennsylvania during the holidays. 

Here at Goodrich & Geist, we specialize in these types of personal injuries. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of personal injuries during the holiday season. We’ll also discuss some useful tips on how you can keep both you and your family safe during this festive period. 

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Most Common Causes of Personal Injuries During the Holidays

Here are some of the most common culprits when it comes to holiday-related personal injury

  • Falls while putting up decorations 
  • Back injuries from lifting heavy objects 
  • Slip and fall injuries on snow or ice 
  • Car accidents due to adverse weather conditions, drunk driving and increased traffic
  • Injuries during holiday celebrations 
  • Electrical shocks 
  • Holiday fires 
  • Injuries during winter sports activities 
  • Shopping injuries in the mall, including slip and fall accidents and parking lot injuries

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Useful Tips on How to Prevent Personal Injury During the Holiday 

Avoid high traffic days 

The holidays are always exceptionally crowded with both road traffic and foot traffic. Certain days like Black Friday, Christmas Eve, and even Christmas Day tend to have an unnaturally high amount of traffic. Getting your holiday shopping done early can help you avoid this seasonal rush. 

Keep your kids at home 

Children especially love the excitement of the holidays but the festive period can be dangerous to them, as well. It’s best to invest in a babysitter or daycare service rather than take your children with you as you go on holiday errands. 

Don’t stay out late 

The days are notoriously short during the winter, which makes it more difficult to look out for potential dangers. Avoid staying out late, make sure your usual routes are well-illuminated, and look out for potential personal injury dangers like ice or debris while driving through Pittsburgh. 

Drink responsibly 

The holidays are also an opportunity to knock back a few drinks with friends and family. Remember to always drink responsibly, utilize the buddy system, and always have a designated driver. Utilizing the services of a rideshare company such as Lyft or Uber are also good alternatives to getting home safely. 

Practice caution while decorating 

Falls, electrical shocks, and fires are common accidents that occur while putting up decorations for the holiday season. Practice safety and be sure to have a partner whenever performing potentially hazardous tasks. 

Don’t overexert yourself 

Another common injury during the holiday season is back injuries due to heavy lifting. Remember to always lift with your back, not your legs. Ask for assistance when transporting heavy objects and take a break if you feel you’ve over-exerted yourself. 

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Contact A Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Holiday Injury Case In Pennsylvania

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a drunk driving accident or slip and fall in Pennsylvania? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. represent clients injured in Pittsburgh and the surrounding Western PA counties. Call (412) 564-4770 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 3634 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.