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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Coping with the retail crowds on Boxing Day


    You’ve crawled out of bed, managed to shake off the Christmas evening slump and are ready to tackle the retail crowds on Boxing Day. But, did you know that the rush of the sales can, in fact, lead to some serious retail-related injuries? From slips, trips and falls, to crushed and bodies and fellow-shopper violence,….

    Potential accidents in Oxford Circus on Christmas Eve


    Wherever you go around the festive season you are battling with crowds of people Christmas shopping and soaking up the holiday atmosphere. This is especially true in the country’s capital, London. One such location that could be the cause of potential accidents is Oxford Street. What type of accidents could happen in Oxford Circus on Christmas….

    The busy drive out of London on Christmas Eve


    If conditions experienced by many drivers over the last couple of years are anything to go by, anyone leaving London on Christmas Eve is most likely to experience hold-ups or encounter a road traffic accident during the morning, as most roads tend to be far less busy in the afternoon. Driving out of London on….

    Surviving the holidays: Christmas


    Wintry weather conditions and family celebrations involving plenty of food and drink make the Christmas holiday a joyous, but potentially dangerous time. There are, however, steps you can take to prevent personal injury over Christmas. In the home Injuries by electrocution and fires; scalding and burning are particularly common over this period, as are trips….

    If you suffer an injury at the work Christmas party, who is at fault?


    Most of us look forward to the festive season, but this doesn’t apply in every situation. For example, one survey discovered 54% of employees who had a work Christmas party dreaded going to it. Perhaps the 32.3% of employers who don’t offer a festive party are better regarded by their employees than we might think!….

    Coping with the traffic out of London for Christmas holidays


    Are you considering venturing out of London for Christmas Holidays, leaving behind the convenient comforts of the Big Smoke? If you are willing to give up the Tube connections and constant access to gingerbread lattes, then you’ve taken the first step in successfully moving out of London for Christmas Holidays. Slips, trips and falls in….

    Driving New Zealand’s roads during the Festive season


    Driving New Zealand’s roads may seem like an easier task than some countries, mainly because they drive on the same side as us. But different roads, regulations and hazards can create a road traffic accident for even the most experienced of drivers. One such time of the year where car crashes may occur more frequently….

    Survivor Guide: Spending Christmas in Liverpool


    Voted the world’s fourth friendliest city and offering a wide range of excellent shopping venues, attractions and events, Liverpool is also generally described as a welcoming, safe city. This does, however, not mean that visitors do not need to be aware of the risk of accidents. Spending Christmas in Liverpool Transformed into a magical wonderland….

    Driving from London to Norwich for the festive season


    Driving during the festive season through the cold, ice and often wet roads can be hazardous at the best of times but some routes are more accident prone then others. One such area which can be prone to road traffic accidents due to the sheer weight of traffic is London and the surrounding areas. One….

    The most dangerous places to spend the Christmas break


    Christmas is a time to spend with families, giving and receiving gifts, eating, drinking and generally having a good time. However, like all occasions, accidents can and do happen during this season, so what are some of the most dangerous places to spend the Christmas break? On the slopes – potential travel accident Many people….

    Sustaining an injury whilst ice skating at an organised festival


    The festive period is looming and many of us are planning to attend organised festivals and Christmas-themed events in the run-up to the big day. Ice skating is a major attraction in the winter months and while it can be exhilarating and exciting, it can also be dangerous. If you are tempted by ice skating….

    Dangers when putting up Christmas decorations on your roof


    As the festive season approaches, many of us decide to adorn our homes with magnificent displays of Christmas decorations in order to really ring in the festive cheer. Over the years, this has grown from the modest Christmas tree and stockings in the living room to include spectacular and dazzling displays outside the home, such….

    Hazardous Christmas decorations around the house


    With the festive season fast approaching, we at Accident Advice Helpline thought it might be appropriate to dedicate one of our blog articles to helping prevent the dangers of hazardous Christmas decorations. What are the dangers of hazardous Christmas decorations? There are a number of dangers which surround hazardous Christmas decorations. According to statistics published….

    Dangerous Christmas decorations


    When putting up your Christmas decorations you don’t often realise the potential dangers. If you aren’t careful you could sustain a slip, trip or fall injury or worse. Which are the most dangerous Christmas decorations? When you buy Christmas decorations you don’t think about the potential hazards that can be caused if you don’t use….

    Beating that Christmas panic


    The weeks and days before Christmas can be exceptionally stressful for anyone, but employees in supermarkets, independent and department stores are at particular risk of falling victim to that pre-Christmas panic. Christmas panic consequences Often asked to work extra hours during the period leading up to Christmas to ensure shelves are kept stocked and floors….

    Accidents more common at Christmas than any other time


    It has long been an accepted fact that the winter season increases the risk of many accidents and injuries, but in fact, there are accidents more common at Christmas and during the surrounding period. From accidental food poisoning, to trips over the many wires adorning the Christmas tree, we take a look at five accidents….

    What are the five most dangerous gifts to give at Christmas?


    When considering what festive treats to buy family and friends, it is highly unlikely that you consider ‘dangerous gifts to give at Christmas’. Yet, it appears that there are a myriad of hazards from slips, trips and falls to toxic poisoning looming in even the most innocent-looking presents. Five of the worst dangerous gifts to give….

    The most common Christmas Day accidents


    Christmas Day is a time for family gatherings, presents, food, reflection and religion. For many it is a time where they are driving from one family member to another’s house. However, the most common Christmas Day accidents can often occur on the roads. Why does one of the common Christmas Day accidents take the form….

    The dangers of having a real Christmas tree


    Buying an artificial Christmas tree is a continuously growing trend among Britons. There are a number of advantages to having an artificial Christmas tree over having a real Christmas tree, not least the economic benefits of reusing an artificial tree. However, despite the advantages of having an artificial Christmas tree, many people still incline towards….

    Survivor Guide: Skiing in Switzerland at Christmas


    There’s a chill in the air, the nights are drawing in and soon, it will be time to put the tree up and light the Advent candle: Christmas is coming! If you’re planning a winter holiday and you’re hitting the slopes this festive period, here are some top tips to help you prevent travel accidents….

    Survivor guide: Black Friday sales


    Most of us would admit to loving a bargain and the Black Friday sales has become something of a phenomenon. Arriving in the UK from America, last year’s scenes of crowds gathering to grab cut-price products at department stores and supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas made the national news and the front pages of all….

    Survivor guide: The ‘Cyber Monday’ sales


    Cyber Monday sales happens every December just after America’s Thanksgiving weekend. This event started in America but has since become popular in other countries. Whilst it is a safer event than those that happen in store as you do not have to shove or push your way through the crowds there are still certain things….

    Can I claim for a Central Park ice-skating injury?


    Central Park is one of New York’s most iconic attractions;  it welcomes visitors from all over the globe, especially in the build-up to Christmas when groups of friends and family members and couples look to enjoy some frosty fun on the ice skating rink. Although Central Park is a beautiful spot, there is a risk of….

    Decorating the house in lights? How to avoid injuries


    Whether you are decorating the house for Christmas, a birthday or simply to make it look nice you need to be careful when putting up lights to avoid accidents such as slips, trips and falls. Here is our advice to avoid a fall injury. Always read the instructions first Before you put up any lights,….

    How to survive mass sales events while shopping


    First popularised in the USA, mass sales events have become just as popular on this side of the Atlantic. These events are quite popular and especially so in the midst of the current economic climate, where consumers are becoming ever more bargain-conscious. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline publishes a handy survivor’s guide on mass….

    Driving home from work? How to ensure you arrive in one piece


    We all know how it is, counting down the minutes during the day, wishing for the clock to strike home time. Sure, there are some people who love their jobs, but for many of us it’s a means to an end, and that journey home cannot come quickly enough. With your eagerness to leave the….

    How can I check if my Christmas lights are safe?


    Christmas lights are a beautiful addition to trees, windows and other places during the festive season. Unfortunately, defective Christmas lights can lead to injuries by electrocution or even cause fires with potentially serious results. It is therefore vital to check all lights, even new ones, carefully for potential defects before installing them. Preventing injuries by….

    Household ‘clutter’ and its dangers


    Over time it is extremely easy for things to build up around the house. Collectable items, souvenirs and ornaments can all give a room that final flourish. But did you know that they can also pose a significant health and safety risk? Does clutter increase the risk of slips, trips and falls? In short, yes….

    How to safely use candles in the home


    When it comes to adding ambiance to your home, nothing is more effective than burning some scented candles, but candles can be dangerous. With Valentine’’s Day looming, fire services are urging people to take care with candles to prevent accidents at work and home. Preventing work accidents and house fires: Using candles safely Candles help….

    Do most car accidents take place during December?


    December can be both a great and a dangerous month. It is great because it is Christmas time and everyone gets into the festive mood with mulled wine, crackers, parties and Christmas shopping. But, as there is a tendency for more parties to happen in this month with plenty of alcohol flowing, this can often….

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