Common Accidents & Injuries on Halloween
Of the millions of people who celebrate Halloween each year, the vast majority have an enjoyable time attending parties, wearing personalized costumes and taking their children trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, when accidents occur, they have a lasting impact on everyone involved, bringing the celebratory mood to a halt. The Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. has years of experience helping clients who have been injured in accidents on or around Halloween as our Orlando personal injury lawyers provide individual attention to each case.
Keep in mind that accidents can occur before, during and after Halloween, such as trick-or-treating before the holiday or attending a party Halloween night. If you or a loved one is injured on or around Halloween, contact an experienced personal injury attorney with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. Our team of attorneys has assisted many clients through this emotional time and helped them obtain a satisfactory settlement.
Trip & Fall Accidents
Slips, trips and falls are an extremely common occurrence on Halloween and can result in serious injury. Fake blood splattered on the floor of a haunted house creates slippery walkways. Halloween party attendees leave trailing costumes and bulky accessories haphazardly around homes. Homeowners are responsible for ensuring the safety of trick-or-treaters and party attendees on their property. To avoid trip-and-fall accidents:
- Avoid cluttered, decoration-filled passageways
- Look for signage denoting wet or slippery surfaces
- Use well-lit walkways
Haunted House Injuries
Each year, businesses operating haunted houses offer spooky settings and jump-scares for a fixed entry fee. Poorly lit walkways, smoke-filled rooms and movable structures can create low visibility and the opportunity for an accident to occur. Haunted house operators are responsible for ensuring patrons are safe from harm and personal injury in the structures, and depending on the circumstances, can be held liable for a claim of personal injury.
Fires & Burns
Around Halloween, millions of people purchase pumpkins, carve them, light them with candles and put them on display outside. However, jack-o-lanterns account for a large portion of fires and personal injury burns on and around Halloween. Homeowners and business owners are responsible for keeping trick-or-treaters and customers safe by using battery-operated candles or keeping fire-lit candles out of reach. Costume companies and manufacturers are responsible for ensuring costumes sold are safe for those who wear them. To avoid sustaining burns:
- Avoid wearing long, flowing costumes near flames
- Ensure costumes are flame-resistant
- Practice what to do if you or your costume does catch fire: Stop, drop and roll.
Although drivers should be particularly careful on Halloween, personal injury attorneys still receive hundreds of calls each year relating to pedestrian accidents. As trick-or-treaters fill the streets, pedestrians are susceptible to being hit and injured by cars. Drivers who are distracted, negligent to road laws or driving while intoxicated can be held liable for causing injury to pedestrians.
Filing A Personal Injury Claim
Haunted house operators, party venue owners and homeowners have a legal responsibility to ensure their properties, decorations and attractions are safe for public use, free from any hazards, and properly maintained. However, fault can be placed on multiple parties, depending on the specific circumstances of the accident. This is why it’s important to immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney Orlando residents trust with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A.
Orlando Personal Injury Lawyers
Celebrating Halloween should be an enjoyable experience but an injury or accident can quickly derail the experience. At The Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., you’ll speak with a personal injury lawyer in Orlando who has years of experience handling personal injury cases. You can count on us to thoroughly prepare your case and if necessary, take on the liable parties at trial.