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After Thanksgiving, a Few Turkeys May Gobble Up Your Time

By Deanne Katz, Esq. on November 21, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, eat a lot of food, and watch or play some football. What do these things have in common? If you answered "potential for injury," we know you've celebrated this holiday before.

A holiday centered on overeating and family time is bound to have mishaps. The Monday after Thanksgiving, you may have a string of new clients at your door.

Who might these clients be? Here's just a few of the turkeys -- er, people -- who might show up to file a post-Thanksgiving lawsuit:

  1. The one who got in a fight with his family. That obnoxious cousin no one likes? Maybe he taunted someone or was just too annoying and things got physical. Now he wants some "justice" or at least a chance to get back at his relatives.

  2. The one who got "food poisoning." She swears there was something funky in the sweet potatoes, or maybe it was the turkey. Whatever it was, it made her sick all weekend. Did she eat too much at the meal? Why would you ask that?

  3. The one who used to be a football star. Many families toss around a football on Turkey Day, and this guy is a great athlete -- or at least, he thinks he is. But that punk nephew fouled him, and now his back is out. He can sue for that, right?

  4. The one who stood too close to the deep fryer. Thanksgiving kitchen injuries are common, and this family member was too busy checking out the deep frying turkey to steer clear of the oil spatters. But it's not her fault (of course it isn't!), so she's looking to put the blame elsewhere.

  5. The one who choked on a mouthful of food. The food was so good that this person kept shoveling it in until he took a bite too big to swallow. Luckily someone helped him dislodge it, but he ended up with a bruised rib that really hurts. And he never liked the cousin who helped him anyway.

We hope you don't stuck with any of these clients (if you do, maybe it's time to improve your law firm marketing strategy), and instead hope the holiday season brings you a great list of new cases.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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