Holiday decorations are commonly found not only in family homes but also in schools, businesses, and other gathering places. While decorations can be a lot of fun, they can also be potentially dangerous if they are not put up while following safety standards. If you are on someone's property and you suffer an injury due to holiday decorations, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Holiday decorations rely considerably on electrical cords. However, if they are not kept out of the way, a cord can easily become a tripping hazard. By tripping and falling, you may suffer from a fracture or a head injury. If so, you will want to photograph the power cords as evidence that the property owner created an unsafe situation.
Power cords can also be a threat when they're energized and become damaged. They might lead to an electrical shock especially if they get wet. If the power cords are not used properly, or if too many are placed in an outlet, this might lead to a fire and burn injuries. After the fire, you may need help from an expert witness to prove that the fire was the result of the negligent use of holiday decorations. For example, the expert witness might point out that an extension cord that was not rated for this particular purpose was used.
When a Christmas tree is not stable, it might tip over and fall on you. If this happens, you may become injured because of the glass ornaments that are used on some trees. Or, the tree might even cause you to fall over and suffer an injury. Also, by purchasing a Christmas tree that is not labeled as "fire resistant," the property owner might contribute to a building fire. This is especially true if the tree is placed too close to a heat source.
A fireplace is often associated with Christmas. However, care must be taken to make sure that the fireplace does not get out of control and cause a fire. Property owners or event managers should ensure that the wrong items are not burned in the fireplace. If you are injured by this or any negligently used decorations during Christmas, make sure to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Then, contact a personal injury law firm and calculate your damages so you can seek a settlement from the property owner.Share
27 November 2020
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