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What happens if you fall at a relative’s home on Thanksgiving?

Slips, trips and falls are a major health hazard — particularly among the elderly. Roughly three million adults 65 years of age or older end up in the emergency room due to falls annually, and one out of every five of those people can expect to be seriously injured.

What if it’s you? Worse still: What if you fall while visiting a relative’s house on Thanksgiving?

Why do falls happen inside homes?

The holidays are a busy time, and even a home that’s normally kept neat as a pin can get messy and chaotic — especially when visitors are coming in and out for the holidays.

Short of tripping over your own feet, what’s most likely to cause you to fall?

Can you sue your relative over a fall? **


Technically, you would be suing their insurance company (unless you can settle your claim through negotiations).

While there’s definitely an emotional component to the idea of pressing a premises liability claim against your relative’s insurance, you may not have much choice — especially if you’re left with medical bills, lost wages or a long recovery period. Learning more about your options can help you navigate this difficult time.