Thanksgiving is considered the kick-off for the holiday season and is typically filled with good food and festive gatherings with family and friends. Even with ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are planning some type of get-together and other activities over the weekend. However, while you enjoy the holiday, be aware of personal injury risks and what to do if an accident happens.
Personal Injuries Common Over Thanksgiving
COVID-19 continues to have impacts, prompting many people to alter their Thanksgiving plans this year. Unfortunately, it is not just the pandemic you need to worry about. The long holiday weekend is associated with increased personal injury risks. Among the leading dangers is motor vehicle crashes.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 400 people are killed in car accidents over Thanksgiving each year, making it one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Tens of thousands of other drivers and passengers suffer serious personal injuries. Driving under the influence of alcohol is the most common contributing cause. Other types of accidents that frequently occur over the weekend include:
- Fires and burn injuries: These can happen due to kitchen mishaps, leaving candles unattended, and grease fires while frying turkeys.
- Slips and falls: Loose carpeting or tiles, cluttered walkways, and wet, rainy weather increase slip and fall hazards.
- Getting struck by or against objects: Post-holiday sales are generally chaotic, increasing the risks of getting struck by or against objects in retail stores.
- Food poisoning: Not cooking a turkey thoroughly, defrosting improperly, and allowing raw meat to touch other foods or surfaces can result in serious cases of food poisoning. This is a common risk when dining in restaurants or other people’s homes and when getting meals catered.
What Should I Do If Personal Injuries Happen Over Thanksgiving?
When personal injuries happen, notify the proper authorities immediately. This may involve on-site security, the police, or the property owner. When an accident is due to the reckless actions of others, you are entitled to seek compensation for your losses in a claim.
At-fault motorists, restaurants, retail stores, and other property owners generally have insurance policies in place that can cover your losses. If they are uninsured or your claim is denied or disputed, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against them. Under the Oregon Statutes, compensation available includes medical costs, lost wages, and any future expenses you are likely to incur. Depending on the situation, you may also be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
The situation can be awkward if personal injuries occur at a friend or family member’s home. However, you can often file a claim through their property owners’ insurance, with limited involvement on their part.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Personal injuries can impact you for years in the future. At the Johnston Law Firm P.C., we help you get the compensation you are entitled to in a claim. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland personal attorneys online and request a consultation today.