If you will be trick-or-treating on Halloween, then you should be aware of the risks of injuries common on such nights. Here are some of those risks and what you may have to prove to hold a homeowner liable for them.
There are two main things that can trigger burn injuries during a typical trick-or-treat night – candles and electrical decorations. For example, an outdoor candle can get knocked over and cause a fire outbreak. Another example is an electrical malfunction triggering an electrical fire.
Both of these can end up causing you or your little one burn injuries. In such a case, you have the task of proving that the fire outbreak was caused by the homeowner's negligence.
Tripping injuries are also common during Halloween. These may be caused by costumes or by the decorations in the yard. Of course, you don't have anyone to blame but yourself if you trip on your own costume and fall.
However, you may have a valid claim against a homeowner whose decorations caused you to trip and fall. Hidden wires in the yard, for example, can easily cause a trip and fall accident. In such a case, your injuries may be worsened by decorations in the yard, especially if they are sharp or pointed.
Slip and Fall Injuries
In addition to tripping injuries, slip and fall accidents are also common during Halloween nights. Pumpkin slime and molten candle wax, for example, may cause you to have a slip and fall accident.
It's also possible for a slip and fall accident to be caused by hazards that are not particular to the Halloween holiday but have been present in the home every night. This is even more likely if the porch is not as well lit as it should be and you can't see where to step.
For homes with pets, the risk of animal attack during a typical Halloween night cannot be avoided. Moreover, animals easily get scared or agitated when there are lots of strangers, objects, and noises, which are things that are all present on a Halloween night.
It is the responsibility of every homeowner accepting trick-or-treat visitors to ensure that their animal doesn't cause any harm to others. You can sue them for your injuries if an animal attacks you.
As you can see, a common theme with these injuries is that you have to prove the homeowner's negligence. A personal injury lawyer can help you do exactly that.