Slip, Trip, and FALL, What to Do When You Fall… During Fall?

7Dec
Spooky season is here, which means trick-or-treating, haunted houses, hay wagon rides, Halloween parties, autumn festivals, bobbing for apples, spooky theme parks, corn mazes, and more. But what happens when you fall on the sidewalk of someone’s home while taking your children trick-or-treating? What happens when you slip off the hay wagon? Or trip over […]

Spooky season is here, which means trick-or-treating, haunted houses, hay wagon rides, Halloween parties, autumn festivals, bobbing for apples, spooky theme parks, corn mazes, and more.

But what happens when you fall on the sidewalk of someone’s home while taking your children trick-or-treating? What happens when you slip off the hay wagon? Or trip over a corn stalk in the corn maze?

Fall might be the season of falls, but that’s no reason to be worried! Every accident has a correct approach to overcoming the injury and getting the help you need.

What to Do if You Fall in a Haunted House

There are more than 1,200 haunted house attractions across the U.S., over 300 amusement parks that go all-out for Halloween, and over 3,000 charity events that utilize a Halloween theme. Millions of Americans flock to such events and activities, so what happens when someone falls and is injured in a haunted house?[1]

The safety of patrons in haunted houses is the responsibility of the haunted house operators, and it’s their job to provide a spooky but safe environment for patrons. With that in mind, haunted house owners could be held liable for safety risks like:

  • Physical manhandling
  • Trampling due to overly-scary events
  • Slip and fall accidents due to unsafe floors
  • Props that fall from above and strike visitors
  • Carbon monoxide or other fume-based poisonings
  • Exposed screws, bolts, sharp edges, or other protrusions
  • Injuries that result from unsafe or unsupervised scare tactics
  • Moving parts that malfunction and cause injuries (spring-loaded spooks, riding cars, wagons, etc.)
The Scary Truth About Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are one of America’s leading causes of injury. Every year, nearly one million Americans are hospitalized due to falls, and more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.[2]

The autumn season means frost on the ground, more rain, and the potential for overnight freezes. When out walking after dark or in the morning, those flat surfaces that were safe all summer long may now have a thin layer of ice over them, so families enjoying the seasonal festivities are encouraged to be extra cautious! Have fun, but please be safe while doing so.

Don’t be Spooked! Contact Magazine Law Group for Experienced Representation and Legal Help

If you or someone in your family has their Spooky Season activities interrupted by a bad fall or nasty slip, contact Magazine Law Group by calling 727-499-9900 or by filling out our contact form.

Sources:

[1] AH. “Haunted House Facts.” America Haunts, 2022. americahaunts.com

[2] CDC. “Facts About Falls.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022. cdc.gov