The holiday season ought to be a happy time of year. That’s the type of non-controversial statement most can agree with.
However, stories about bizarre holiday lawsuits remind us not everyone is equally joyful during the season. Holiday lawsuits can arise due to certain types of accidents occurring with greater-than-average frequency during the holidays.
The following overview covers some of the common types of holiday lawsuits that some may file for valid reasons this time of year. It also touches on a couple of examples that may not be quite as common (unless you’re the Grinch).
The Most Common Types of Holiday Lawsuits
The holiday season is a busy travel season, shopping season, and partying season. As such, accidents during the holidays may be particularly likely to give rise to certain types of lawsuits.
The most common holiday lawsuits include:
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuits
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), car crashes and similar motor vehicle collisions are common around holidays. With many people traveling this time of year, roads are crowded. This results in more opportunities for crashes to occur.
Holiday celebrations also frequently involve alcohol consumption. Thus, there may be higher rates of drunk driving during the holidays.
Premises Liability Lawsuits
Premises liability lawsuits can take many forms when they arise during or after the holidays. For example, store owners have a duty to ensure guests and employees don’t get hurt due to hazardous conditions on their properties. Unfortunately, conditions in some stores during the holidays can only be described as “chaotic.”
Keeping guests safe in these environments may be more challenging than expected if a store owner doesn’t prepare thoroughly. Guests may thus be more likely to sustain harm in slip-and-falls and other such accidents.
Homeowners also tend to invite large groups over for holiday celebrations. There are many ways guests could potentially sustain harm during these events.
Perhaps a homeowner doesn’t keep an eye on an open flame or light display. A fire may start as a result. Or, maybe a homeowner doesn’t adequately remove snow or ice from walkways and other such sections of their property. Guests may be at risk of hurting themselves in slip-and-falls if so.
Product Liability Lawsuits
Not all the products we give and receive as gifts during the holidays are safe. Some may cause harm if designers or manufacturers overlook defects. Or, they might harm consumers if marketers fail to adequately describe how to use certain products. Product liability lawsuits are common during and after the holidays.
And a Couple of the Most Bizarre Holiday Lawsuits of the Last Decade
The above types of holiday lawsuits can be expected because of the usual round of holiday shopping, visiting, and gifting. However, some holiday lawsuits are more bizarre than others.
Man Sues Heavy Metal Band Over Hanukkah Sweater
The above combination of words isn’t one you come across often. That said, it accurately describes a lawsuit that began in 2016.
According to the Detroit Free Press, designer Aaron Cummins sued heavy metal band Anthrax and several related parties over the design of a Hanukkah sweater the band wore in some promotional materials. Fans could also purchase the sweater through band apparel websites.
The plaintiff claimed the sweater ripped off his original design. While the complaint might be valid, it’s uncommon for holiday lawsuits to involve thrash metal bands and kitschy holiday apparel.
City Turns Grinch, Tries to Scale Back Holiday Light Display
Some homeowners see the holiday season as an opportunity to transform their properties with gorgeous light displays and related decor. The Hyatt family in Plantation, FL, embodies this holiday attitude.
Their home’s seasonal displays have featured upwards of 200,000 lights, fake snow, and even a movie screen, among other details. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the display attracts many guests from out of town every year.
It also attracted the ire of the City of Plantation. The City filed a lawsuit against the Hyatts in an attempt to get the family to scale back their holiday display. According to the City, the display was a nuisance that could cause safety issues. However, a court found otherwise, ruling in favor of the Hyatts.
Contact an NYC Personal Injury Lawyer
We hope you’ll enjoy the holiday season without having to worry about getting hurt in an avoidable accident. However, if you’re injured over the holidays because of someone else’s wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our NYC personal injury lawyers at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb are on hand to review your case and explain your legal options. If you have a valid holiday lawsuit or claim, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Get started today by contacting us online or calling us at 800-PAIN-LAW for a free case review.