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Accidents At Christmas – Who Is To Blame?

December 21, 2021 Civil Litigation

Christmas is fast approaching. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and usually a period of celebration. But this isn’t always the case for everyone. Regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice, some people sustain Christmas-related personal injuries. This blog takes a look at look at the most common causes of accidents and what can you do if you sustain an injury over the Christmas period that wasn’t your fault.

: As the cold weather starts to creep in, it’s no surprise that the risk of injury from slipping is on the rise at Christmas time. While the fluffy white stuff does add some magic to Christmas, it, unfortunately, increases the risk of injury. If you’re unfortunate enough to slip on ice, you may have a claim for compensation if it occurred within an area that someone else controls and where gritting or other measures should have been taken to minimise the risk.

: The hazardous weather does not only cause chaos on the footpaths but on the roads too. In fact, the number of road traffic accidents increases at Christmas time compared with any other holiday. This can also partly be due to the roads being busier as more people drive to visit their loved ones and alcohol intake can also be a factor. Whiplash, fractures and spinal injuries are all common types of injuries.

: As the number of people hitting the shops increases, business owners must take extra care to ensure the safety of customers in their store. They must ensure that their premises are safe and walkways are clear from any obstructions. They must also ensure the additional decorations don’t affect the safety of their customers and employers alike.

: There are many of us extra excited for this years’ work Christmas party and the opportunity of seeing our colleagues in the flesh and not over a screen. However, there are many things that can and often do go wrong at Christmas parties. These include slips from spilt drinks on the dance floor or poor lighting, food poising or allergic reactions to the Christmas meal. Businesses need to ensure their premises are safe for visitors. While you might assume that you only have a claim against the venue hosting the party, your employer still has a duty of care owed to all of its employers at the work Christmas party.

Many injuries at Christmas are simply accidents and there is no one to claim compensation from. However, some personal injuries maybe someone else’s fault. If you think that you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury that may have been due to someone else’s negligence, then just get in touch with one of our personal injury experts here at Jones Whyte. We can advise you about the likelihood of winning your claim.

Please contact our Personal Injury Team on 0141 375 1222 or via the to arrange an initial consultation with our specialist personal injury solicitors.

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