The holiday season in New York involves a lot of decorating, cooking, gift exchanges, and overall good cheer. It can also involve some injuries that include falling while setting up the Christmas tree, burns from electrical equipment or candles, stepping on broken ornaments, and slipping on icy walkways leading to your house or apartment building. Children, in particular, are at risk: they can ingest ornaments and fail to exercise caution around candles, electric lights, and hot objects.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Division, some holiday injuries take place under unexpected circumstances that border on the bizarre. Its National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, or NEISS for short, is a database of reported injuries involving consumer products. A search of the 2014-2018 incidents involving holiday products yielded some unusual results that wouldn’t be out of place in a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie. They include:
- A 29-year-old man cut his finger on what he described as an “old, metal, rusty, fake Christmas tree.”
- An 86-year-old man developed carpal tunnel after writing out too many holiday cards.
- A 17-year-old girl tripped over a decoration storage tub and landed on a metal reindeer, causing vaginal contusions.
- A 42-year-old woman who injured her foot after doing a lot of holiday shopping in shoes that lacked proper arch support.
- A 61-year-old woman was retrieving holiday decorations from her attic when she sat on broken glass.
- A 75-year-old woman tripped over Christmas lights strewn across her driveway.
- A 26-year-old man developed severe ankle and knee pain after dancing too much at a Christmas party.
- A metal angel fell on the face of a 4-year-old boy, leaving him with a cut cheek.
- A 42-year-old man cut himself while using a razor to unbundle Christmas lights.
- A 49-year-old woman developed shoulder pain after making too many Christmas wreaths.
- A 6-year-old boy pushed Christmas bulbs up his nose.
- A 7-year-old boy stuck tinsel in his ear.
- A 69-year-old male injured his hand while putting Christmas lights on a cactus.
- A 64-year-old woman dropped a 4’ wooden Santa on her foot.
While many of these incidents are humorous, they also serve as a reminder that children can injure themselves on glass or metal ornaments, people trip over lights and decorations, and falls at height can happen while putting up or taking down Christmas trees. An equal amount of diligence and celebration is the best approach to take.
If you are injured by a defective holiday product or harmed by host’s carelessness at a party, then you may have a product liability or personal injury claim. If this happens, then contact a New York personal injury attorney who can help you determine liability and hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses.
Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, New York personal injury lawyer. If you were injured, then contact Mr. Lutzky’s office at 718-329-9500. He offers free in-person initial consultations.