The holidays are typically a time of joy and relaxation. For some, they are a time of chaos and arguments. No matter how you spend your holidays, one thing is for certain: The holiday season can be a time of increased safety hazards and hospital visits. Here are five holiday dangers that you should be aware of.
- Alcohol Consumption
Unfortunately, binge drinking is in abundance during the holiday season. If you are not normally a heavy drinker, don’t change your habits because you are with friends and family. If you do partake in a few too many beverages, arrange for a sober ride home or spend the night where you are.
- Increased Traffic
There are few people that do not know the nightmare of holiday traffic congestion. It is during this time of year that most of us are at our wits end with slow drivers and those that don’t obey the rules of the road. Take a breath and take your time. Leave your house earlier than normal in order to get through traffic and reach your destination in time. This is not the time of year to hurry.
- Cooking Burns
Many people will be preparing feasts for family and friends during the holidays. Be careful when you cook. Burns are more common now than at any time of year, and it is all because of cooking. From deep-fried turkeys to dozens of desserts, you are at great risk for causing harm to yourself. Be careful when you cook.
- Food Poisoning
No one wants to deal with the agony of food poisoning, but it does happen. Just one dish prepared incorrectly can lead to food poisoning. While many cases cause only mild digestive upsets, some cases of food poisoning can send you to the hospital. Know what you are eating and who prepared it. Above all, if it doesn’t taste right, don’t eat it.
- Medical Malpractice
The holidays themselves don’t cause medical malpractice, but the more often you are in the hospital or doctor’s office, the greater your risk of being victim to a mistake or negligence. Medical staff may be overworked or tired from their own celebrations. Be aware of all that is going on around you and, if you don’t understand a diagnosis or treatment, ask.
If you are injured during this holiday season or believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, call our offices today. Our experienced attorneys can review your case and determine the best way to move forward. Call today for a free consultation.