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How High is the Risk for Injuries During the Holiday Season?

By Steven Pittman

The holiday season is upon us, and nobody is more excited to deck the halls than the Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman team. While we are ready to get holly jolly, we are also aware that there is often an uptick in injuries during the Christmas season.  

Below is a rundown of common injuries suffered by people in Shelby County, Tennessee, and Desoto and Tate counties in Mississippi at this time of the year. 

Auto Accidents

Whether you are going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or just running some errands around town, car accidents are increasingly common this time of year

There are a few factors that contribute to the seriousness of automobile accidents around the holidays. First, drivers are often distracted by holiday lights, excited children in the backseat, or even the ping of their cell phone telling them another package has been delivered to their front door. Second, a disappointingly large number of people choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcoholic beverages at their holiday gatherings. Finally, the early sunsets and potential for slick roads makes driving more challenging. 

At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, we make sure our clients are fully compensated for the injury they suffered, no matter what the cause of the accident. 

Slip or Trip and Fall Injuries

While we may not have to be as worried about snow and ice as people in other parts of the United States, wintry weather does tend to make slip or trip and fall injuries more common this time of year. Rain wet sidewalks, dead vegetation that was not cleared away, and holiday decorations can trip up even the most careful among us. 

The Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman team often assists clients who have been seriously injured because a property owner did not take good care of their guests. We know it can be a bit embarrassing to seek compensation for simply falling down, but the injuries these accidents cause are no laughing matter. We take these claims seriously, and also know how to handle the issues that arise when the accident occurred at the home of a family member or friend, or in a beloved local business. 

Products Liability

There are few things more exciting than watching a child’s eyes light up when they open a gift they really love. But parents must be as wary of dangerous and defective products during the holiday season as they are the rest of the year. 

Even very popular gifts can pose a threat if they were rushed through production, or you happen to have picked up a cheap knock-off by mistake. When you or a loved one is injured by a dangerous or defective product, the seller and the manufacturer should be held accountable. That’s where we come in. Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman takes consumer safety very seriously, and will work to get your family the compensation it deserves. 

The Lawyers That Listen

If you or a loved one is seriously injured this holiday season, the Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman team is here for you. We serve clients in Shelby County, Tennessee, and Desoto and Tate counties in Mississippi, as well as the surrounding area. Please contact us today to set up a meeting.

About the Author
Steven W. Pittman is a Partner at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman and was admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars in 1995. Mr. Pittman is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Tennessee including Federal Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Federal District Court for Eastern Arkansas. Mr. Pittman’s areas of practice include personal injury, criminal defense, medical malpractice, and product liability. Mr. Pittman began the first 6 years of his practice at the law offices of and under the personal guidance of the renowned attorney L. Anthony “Tony” Deal in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Pittman opened his own firm In Memphis, Tennessee in 2001 before eventually merging his firm and partnering with his father-in law, Gerald W. Chatham, Sr. in Hernando, Mississippi in 2005. Upon Mr. Chatham’s departure from the firm to serve a Circuit Court Judge for the 17th Judicial District in North Mississippi, Mr. Pittman continued the Chatham legacy becoming senior partner working with the up and coming Charles “Nick” Smith as associate and junior partner. Mr. Pittman has been successful in obtaining settlements on behalf of his clients in excess of one million dollars on multiple occasions. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Mr. Pittman through our contact form.