Common Thanksgiving Injuries – And How You Can Avoid Them

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Common Thanksgiving Injuries

Thanksgiving is notorious for more than a big meal. It is also a peak time for emergency rooms around the country. With all of the turkey, cooking, alcohol, and festivities, there is an increased number of ER visits and injuries seen around the country. If you are going to celebrate with friends and family, be aware of these common injuries so that you can enjoy the season without a trip to the ER.


Burns are by far the most common injury seen on Thanksgiving. Whether it is from the oil of your deep fried turkey experiment or just removing food from the oven, it is important to stay focused on what you’re doing to avoid injury. Burns are serious injuries that can be extremely painful and can even require long-term treatments.

When you are near the stove or oven, be alert and focused on what you are doing. Use potholders to remove items from the oven – never use a towel. Also, if you are deep frying a turkey, follow the safety instructions on the turkey fryer.

Keep small children away from the stove and oven as well. Children are especially susceptible to burns.


Cuts are another common reason for emergency room visits. If you are chopping vegetables or carving the turkey, use the appropriate knife. Also, make sure that everyone knows you are using a knife, and keep people out of the kitchen so that you are not accidentally bumped.

When walking with the knife, keep the pointed end facing down and press the knife’s flat side of the blade against your thigh as you walk. This will prevent you from accidentally cutting another person, but also if you were to trip, you would not stab yourself with your own knife.

Food Poisoning

Whether it was from improper cooking or sanitary issues at the manufacturing plant, food poisoning is common during Thanksgiving.

While you cannot control the contaminants at the manufacturing or retail level, you can in your own home. Avoid leaving food out past the two-hour window. Also, refrigerate anything that is perishable. When handling the turkey, wash your hands and clean up anything that the raw turkey may have touched (such as the counter or cutting board). Cook the turkey to the proper internal temperature to ensure all bacteria is properly killed off.

Did You Suffer from a Thanksgiving Injury? You May Be Entitled to Compensation

If your injury on Thanksgiving was due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Car accidents, distracted driving, pedestrian injuries, slips and falls, and food poisoning can all occur when someone fails to perform a duty of care. Explore your options for compensation after your severe injury by scheduling a no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at Hames, Anderson, Whitlow & O’Leary, P.S. at 509-586-7797. You can also request a consultation online through our online contact form.