Thanksgiving is one of the most widely-celebrated holidays in the United States, and many view it as a great time to enjoy the company of family, friends, and other loved ones. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many people are seriously injured in accidents, often due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another. In this blog, our Chicago personal injury attorneys discuss four of the most common Thanksgiving accidents.
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1. Turkey Fryer Burns
Turkey fryers have become extremely popular in the last decade or so, and for a good reason – they can produce juicy, flavorful turkey. However, improper use of these devices can lead to severe and even fatal burns, and have caused more than one house to burn down.
2. Car Accidents
Statistically, car accidents occur in the U.S. every day, but Thanksgiving weekend can be a particularly dangerous time to be out on the road. The night before Thanksgiving can be especially dangerous, as many people spend the night drinking and then try to make it home. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a drunk driver, our Chicago car accident attorneys can help you pursue compensation.
Even when a drunk driver is not involved, there are still many accidents which occur over Thanksgiving weekend simply due to the heavy traffic. Make sure you drive carefully this holiday season!
3. Slip & Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries range from minor bruises, to severe bone, muscle, and nerve damage. During Thanksgiving, especially the days just before the holiday, grocery stores can become crowded and extremely busy. This makes it tough for staff to clean spills promptly, which leads to many serious injuries each year.
4. Food Poisoning
Many people are unaware that you can pursue a personal injury claim for serious food poisoning. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of exactly how prevalent this danger is. Raw turkey is a breeding ground for bacteria, many of which can cause severe conditions like salmonella poisoning. The USDA has terrific safe food handling sheets available on their website. While you likely won't pursue a Chicago injury claim against a family member for undercooked turkey, supermarkets and restaurants have a legal duty to make sure their food is prepared safely.
Don't pay the price for someone else's negligence. Call our firm today at (312) 445-0567 to pursue justice.