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3 top holiday injuries

It is almost the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be hazardous and full of harmful surprises. As you shop, travel and celebrate, it is crucial to exercise caution so you do not get hurt. Simple activities can come with a serious risk for accidents.

Safety should be a top priority from November to January. According to a recent analysis of health insurance claims, there are a few common causes of personal injuries from Thanksgiving to New Year's. 

1. Falling because of snow and ice

While it may be beautiful to have a white Christmas, it can also prove dangerous. It is easy to slip on snow and ice, whether in a store parking lot or your driveway. An astounding 29,700 patients suffered slip-and-fall accidents during the 2016 holiday season.

2. Falling off a ladder

One core holiday activity is decorating. Whether hanging Christmas lights outside or putting up decorations in your home, you may use a ladder. Even a small fall may result in a broken bone, concussion or back injury. While falls from a ladder can happen because of simple mistakes, they can also occur due to faulty manufacturing. 

3. Shopping for gifts

Going to the mall or a department store may be stressful, but you may not assume it is dangerous to your safety. Unfortunately, buying presents can result in injuries. Common retail accidents include:

  • Parking lot hazards
  • Slippery floors
  • Falling merchandise
  • Elevator and escalator malfunctions
  • Improper warning signs

Surprisingly, 2,400 people got hurt at a shopping mall during the 2016 holidays. If you suffer an injury at a retail establishment because of an unsafe condition, you may consider pursuing legal action against the property owner.

Holiday safety is an important issue that everyone should take seriously. Make sure you stay alert to reduce your chances of suffering an avoidable holiday accident.

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