What Holiday Hazards Do You Need to Worry About?

Photo of a Child Under a Christmas Tree

Did you know that Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the second and third most active days for home cooking fires? According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 1,460 Christmas holiday fires in 2013, and some of these fires resulted in injuries and deaths. Getting to your holiday destination can also be dangerous considering traffic and alcohol use increase around this time. These hazards can create dangerous situations that could leave you or your family injured. Here are a few ways to deal with those issues.

Why You Might Need a Personal Injury Attorney for Christmas

  • Fire Damage – While you were away, your neighbor decided to fry a turkey and set off a fireball instead. They tried to put the fire out with water, but since this type of fire is fueled by grease, that made the fire worse. If that fire spreads to your house next door, that neighbor can be held liable for damages.
  • Burn Injury – If you are burned by a kitchen fire at someone’s home, the owner of the property could be liable for your injuries. However, in cases where the property owner has home insurance, your injuries could be covered by their policy. Consulting with a lawyer could be necessary to see what the extent of coverage is. Having the assistance of a lawyer may also be necessary if the insurer delivers a low-ball settlement or denies your claim.
  • Auto Accident – Unique circumstances make every auto accident claim different and complex. If you are hit during holiday travels, then you will need an attorney by your side to sort out the details. Was the other motorist driving while distracted? Was the other driver working when the collision occurred? Was alcohol involved? These are important details when determining who is at fault in a traffic collision. The situation can get even more difficult when insurance companies get involved. The interests of insurers and drivers don’t always match up, and when that happens, having a lawyer by your side may help.

Food, family and friends make Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and other winter holidays very special, but it can also be a dangerous time of the year. From cooking accidents to crashes on the road, our San Luis Obispo personal injury attorneys want to help protect your family. If you need help after a holiday accident, remember to contact the attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers.

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