New Year’s Eve celebrations in London, and indeed around the country, typically involve parties with freely-flowing alcohol, lots of singing and dancing (both indoors and outdoors), and fireworks. Combining these elements carelessly can easily lead to personal injuries of varying severity. Accidental injuries on New Year’s Eve can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones and burns of varying degrees.
Slips, trips and falls on New Years Eve
Potentially icy roads, spills, handbags on dance floors, and other slip or trip hazards, can all too easily result in injuries by slipping, tripping or falling. Survival rule number one is therefore: Mind your step
Road traffic accidents
Over the Christmas and New Year’s period, many road accidents are the direct result of drinking, which may also cause alcohol poisoning when over-indulging during celebrations (not to mention the hangovers). Survival rules number two and three are subsequently:
- Drink sensibly
- Never drink and drive
The results of drinking and driving can be tragic, so not to drink and drive is perhaps the most important rule of them all.
In spite of regular warnings, safety adverts and manufacturer instructions, injuries by fireworks happen with inevitable regularity. For this reason, survival rules number four to 13 are:
- Plan firework displays to make them enjoyable and safe
- Keep fireworks inside a closed box
- Read and follow instructions for each firework (if necessary, use a torch)
- Light fireworks individually at arm’s length, using a taper
- Stand well back
- Keep cigarettes. lighters and other naked flames away from fireworks
- Under no circumstances return to fireworks once they have been lit
- Never put fireworks into pockets
- Never throw fireworks
- Always direct rocket fireworks away from spectators
Personal injury compensation
If you were injured during or after New Year’s Eve celebrations and someone else is responsible for the incident, you may be eligible for injury compensation. Confirm your eligibility and set the process of claiming for compensation in motion by visiting Accident Advice Helpline website or contacting one of our helpful advisers for a confidential chat. Calling will not place you under an obligation to claim or use this law firm to do so.
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Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown