It is an unfortunate truth that, sometimes, private property owners fail to ensure that their premises are safe before welcoming minor children for trick-or-treating. So if your child gets injured this Halloween, you must serve as their advocate and hold the negligent owner accountable. Read on to discover how a private property might be unsafe for trick-or-treating this Halloween and how one of the seasoned Panama City slip & fall accident attorneys at Manuel & Thompson, PA can assist you in the event of an accident.
In what ways might a private property be unsafe for trick-or-treating this Halloween?
Even if you are supervising your minor child as they trick-or-treat, they may still get injured upon entering a private property. Examples of this are as follows:
- A private property may not have sufficient lighting for its walkways, causing your child to slip and fall.
- A private property may have loose handrails or missing steps before its entranceway, causing your child to slip and fall.
- A private property may have wet leaves cluttering its walkways and steps, causing your child to slip and fall.
- A private property may not have concealed electric outlets with ground fault circuit interrupters for its Halloween decorations, causing your child to slip and fall.
- A private property may not have overhead Halloween decorations tightly fastened, causing your child to incur a head injury.
- A private property may have jack-o-lanterns with open flames, causing your child to incur a burn injury.
- A private property may have an unleashed dog, causing your child to incur a bite injury.
What should I do if my child gets injured this Halloween?
It is unacceptable for your minor child to be made a victim of a personal injury accident while they were trick-or-treating; something that was supposed to be a light-hearted activity. But if this is the case, then you must strongly consider filing a personal injury claim on their behalf.
As their parent and as a present witness, you may be able to argue the following circumstances as true:
- Your minor child was a welcomed trick-or-treater on a private property owner’s premises.
- The owner had a duty of care in keeping your minor child safe on their premises.
- The owner breached this duty by failing to promptly recognize and rectify a safety hazard on their premises.
- Your minor child incurred injuries and damages upon encountering the safety hazard on their premises.
So for your minor child to have a chance at recovery, you must do everything in your power to fight on their behalf. In the end, the first step in your injury claim is to retain the services of one of the competent Panama City personal injury attorneys. So call us at Manuel & Thompson, PA today.