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Household Accidents on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays.  Gathering around the table with loved ones, Americans enjoy time with family and friends while savoring a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. 

Thanksgiving Day Accidents

With over 2,000 accidents ranging from cooking fires to car accidents on Thanksgiving each year, this holiday is one of the most dangerous days of the year.  In fact, according to a study produced by the National Fire Protection Association, the number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving, 2016, was double to triple the number on other holidays. [1]  On Thanksgiving Day in 2016, fire departments were called to put out 1,570 home cooking fires along with another ~500 non-cooking fires.  With this number of fires, it’s not surprising that burn injuries are the result of many Thanksgiving Day accidents.

Oven Fires

Ovens and stovetops are in use for many hours leading up to the Thanksgiving meal.  But several hours of use should not result in cooking fires if you are careful and attentive to your cooking. 

If you’re preparing the holiday meal, pay special attention to hot oil and boiling water on the stovetop.  Keep pot handles turned in and be sure that your sleeves aren’t long and flowy, or they could ignite on the stovetop.

Turkey Fryer Accidents

People love to use turkey fryers to get that perfectly crisp turkey.  Since turkey fryers heat oil to high temperatures and can overheat, it is critical to carefully follow all instructions.  Without care, turkey fryers can fall over, spill scorching oil, and start a fire. 

If you’re planning to use a turkey fryer, place the fryer on a large, level surface outdoors.  Carefully measure the oil and the size of the turkey to avoid overfilling the fryer.  Never attempt to submerge a frozen turkey in the fryer.  Use safety goggles and gloves or potholders, keep children away, and never leave the fryer unattended. 

Before you commit to serving a deep-fried turkey, take the time to thoroughly understand the cooking process, associated potential risks, and other, safer options to cook your turkey. 

Defective Products

Even if you follow the instructions carefully, you may find that products don’t always work as intended.  If you used a product that malfunctioned and caused an injury, the company that manufactured or sold the defective product may be held liable.  If the company is found negligent and is liable for the product liability, then the company may be required to compensate you for medical care and lost wages due to the injury.

A product liability claim needs to prove that the product was flawed, poorly designed, or had incomplete instructions.  Product liability claims can be complex and require expertise to understand product design, manufacturing, and quality control.  An experienced attorney at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can determine the best way to prove your case and provide you with fair compensation.

If you or a loved one was injured while using a defective product, contact the attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. at (954) 428-9333 to find out what you can do to protect your rights. 

 

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333. 

[1] National Fire Protection Association  https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving

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