TURKEY TORTS: HOW TO AVOID A THANKSGIVING LAWSUIT
Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and of course, feasting. However, despite the holiday cheer, accidents still can and do happen. From drunk driving accidents and hot kitchen stoves to crowded spaces and falls, this holiday can be quite hazardous. If you are hosting Turkey Day festivities, consider these tips to keep your guests safe from personal injury and avoid a disastrous lawsuit.
Watch What you Prepare for Others
No matter if you cooked the food or ordered out, you can be held liable for food poisoning. Be sure to check the food to make sure it's not spoiled, contaminated or undercooked. Also, follow proper food handling and storage instructions to help prevent food-borne illnesses. When in doubt, throw it out!
Avoid Alcohol-Related Incidents
When a party is centered on drinking, alcohol-related accidents are more likely to happen, including drunk driving. In North Carolina, if a guest becomes intoxicated while at your party and then causes an accident, you the host can be held responsible for the crash. Be sure to assign designated drivers ahead of time, arrange a ride or reduce the amount of alcohol served during dinner.
Know What you can be Held Liable for
If you are hosting Thanksgiving festivities this year, knowing what you can be held liable for can help you make your home safe for guests. Clear walkways of ice or other debris, make sure food is properly cooked and safe to eat, assign designated drivers, keep children and pets out of the kitchen and be mindful of your surroundings.
Following these guidelines as a host can help you prevent personal injuries as well as a Thanksgiving Day lawsuit. However, our attorneys at Ricci Law Firm understand that some accidents can't be avoided. If you were visiting someone else for Thanksgiving and sustained an injury due to another person's negligence, our personal injury lawyers can help you get the justice you deserve.
To schedule your initial consultation, give our office a call at (252) 285-4081 We are dedicated to serving clients in Greenville, Fayetteville and the surrounding North Carolina communities.