Emergency Room Visits Due to Thanksgiving Injuries
When people gather for Thanksgiving, they do so for conversation, memories, and a good meal. Unfortunately, people end up in the emergency room with injuries connected to Thanksgiving celebrations every year.
Plus, emergency rooms are not always free of harm. A misdiagnosis or an untrained worker administering the wrong medicine can do more harm than good. If you feel another is responsible for your injury or health issue, connect with a Bucks County personal injury lawyer.
How to Avoid Kitchen and Home Injuries
Kitchen fires are one of the hazards of Thanksgiving. One report points to around 1,600 fires starting one Thanksgiving because of individuals, friends and families cooking. Kitchen fires can happen in a variety of ways, including built up grease, distracted cooks, and broken smoke detectors.
There are also times when individuals are hurt and end up in the emergency room because of cooking injuries. To avoid cooking injuries, here are some of the tips to promote safe cooking on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.
- Ignore distractions when using a knife, focus on the task at hand.
- Do not rush when cutting, carving, slicing, dicing, or peeling.
- Be calm and comfortable, choose recipes that will not overwhelm.
- Do not use extension cords.
- Use good equipment, including sharp knives as most accidents occur when knives are dull.
- Secure cutting boards with anti-skid pads.
- Keep children away from hot stoves and foods.
- Do not leave cooking food unattended.
- Check smoke detectors to be sure they are working correctly.
When an accident does occur, the person who sustained an injury should seek proper medical treatment. Even what appear to be minor burns and cuts can lead to severe health issues. After all, there can be bacterial infections when wounds are not given proper care.
Vehicular Accidents Are Also a Risk
It is common for friends and family to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday and many of the trips are done through car travel. Because of this increase in traffic, unfortunately an increase in accidents over the holidays has also been documented. Also, there are added dangers when individuals have been drinking alcohol, are tired and driving late at night, or find themselves rushing to various events. Rushing can result in distracted driving and speeding.
Despite the excitement of the holiday season, it is critical for drivers to focus and prioritize a safe ride when behind the wheel. To stay attentive, take breaks when needed, follow all traffic laws, and be sure to have a designated driver who will avoid all alcoholic beverages.
Were you injured in a holiday accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and feel another is liable for your injuries? If so, a Bucks County personal injury attorney can help.
Are you ready to seek justice? Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.