Children across the country are getting excited for Halloween, when they will put on their costumes and collect candy from their neighbors. However, with so many children on the street, sometimes in unfamiliar areas, there is a higher risk of slip and fall injuries. The Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at Williams Cedar want everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween and recommend the following safety tips.
Trick-or-treat safety starts with choosing the right costume. Costumes should fit properly, as extra material can be a tripping hazard. Face paint can be a safer alternative to masks, which may limit a child’s vision and prevent them from seeing obstacles in their path. The sun sets earlier in late October, so it is helpful to add reflective tape to costumes or have children carry glow sticks or flashlights, which can help them see where they are going and make them more visible to oncoming cars. Comfortable shoes with good tread are also a must for walking around.
While trick-or-treating, children should be supervised by an adult and stay together. It is important to pay attention to crossing signals and traffic patterns and look out for hazards such as broken sidewalks while going from house to house. Both children and parents should avoid distractions such as cell phones and always pay attention to their surroundings so they do not trip.
Homeowners also play an important role in Halloween safety. Before trick-or-treaters or partygoers arrive, property owners should make sure that walkways are free of debris or tripping hazards, such as hoses, electrical cords, or decorations. Walkways should be well lit, and jack-o-lanterns should be lit with battery-powered votives, rather than actual candles that could be a fire hazard. If a hazard exists that cannot be fixed in time, owners should post signs and provide sufficient warnings to prevent a slip and fall accident.
If an injury does occur on someone’s property and was caused by the property owner’s negligence, the injured party may be able to recover compensation by filing a premises liability lawsuit. To be successful, the incident must meet one of the following conditions: the owner of the property created the hazard that caused the injury; the owner knew about a hazard but did not fix it; or the owner reasonably should have known about a hazard on their property. If a property is rented, typically the owner is responsible for injuries that occur, unless it says otherwise in the lease agreement. It is important to thoroughly document the circumstances around the incident, including contact information for witnesses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall incident, call the slip and fall lawyers at Williams Cedar. Our knowledgeable, experienced lawyers handle all types of premises liability cases and are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve. With offices conveniently located in Haddonfield and Philadelphia, we help accident victims and their families throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania. Call us today at 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777 or contact us online for a free consultation with a knowledgeable and highly skilled Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer.