Let’s keep it festive, folks
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – so long as you don’t end up injuring yourself.
The festive period is a time for fun, sharing and caring. However, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and end up in a strange predicament.
Many of us have experienced harmless and sometimes even funny Christmas mishaps, but if something goes seriously wrong it’s often less than amusing. Our hope is that you’re able to enjoy the festive season without suffering any major setbacks, but not everyone is so lucky.
Is the Christmas stress getting to you?
In the lead up to Christmas, many of us tend to feel more stressed than any other time of the year. There’s the pressure of Christmas shopping, cooking and rushing to visit relatives – not to mention the added risk of hazards involving festive electronics, house fires, party nights and shopping accidents.
Without sounding too pessimistic, it’s a good idea to be aware of the impact that stress can have during the holidays.
One study, conducted by e-commerce site eBay, compared Christmas shopping to running a marathon in terms of the stress that it puts on the body – with women and those over 45 feeling most under pressure. 60 per cent of those surveyed experienced shopping fatigue after 32 minutes, with heart rates increasing by an average of 33 per cent during this time.
It’s also a time when people tend to consume more alcohol than they normally would. And as most of us are well aware, this can lead to impaired judgement and risky behaviour.
Christmas accidents to be aware of
From Christmas car accidents to wet floors and even shopping trolley incidents, potential pitfalls are all around us. Some of the most common personal injury mishaps to be extra mindful of during the festive season include:
- Road traffic accidents
- Slips and trips on snow / ice
- Supermarket aisle accidents
- Electric shocks from Christmas lights / decorations
- Falls on wet dancefloors
- Physical assault by a colleague
- Smoke inhalation
- Candle burns
After all, Christmas is supposed to be a time of celebration and should never be spent at the A&E. So, the next time you’re out shopping or hanging up Christmas decorations, take your time and pay extra attention.
Need help from personal injury solicitors after a festive mishap?
If you’ve suffered from an accident at Christmas time and believe it wasn’t your fault, Watermans can help you get any compensation you’re entitled to.