What Do I Do if I Am Injured in Someone’s Yard on Halloween?

halloween trick or treating in neighborhood
October 28, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

An exciting tradition of the Halloween season is trick-or-treating around your local neighborhood. As part of this tradition requires you to go on other people’s properties, it is important to be careful. This is because some people may not take care of their grounds, leading to certain hazards and significant injuries. If you are injured in an accident on another party’s property on Halloween, it can be beneficial to retain the services of an experienced attorney to assist your case.

Premises Liability Law

When dealing with accidents that occur on another individual’s grounds on Halloween, it is important to understand premises liability law. All property owners in the state of Pennsylvania are obligated to look after their grounds and keep them safe so that others who come onto it cannot be harmed due to poor conditions. If they fail to do so and people become injured as a result, they can be held liable under premises liability law. Common situations that are covered under this law can include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dangerous conditions
  • Defective security
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Inadequate lighting

Seeking Compensation

Serious injuries often require the need for medical assistance. It is because of this that, in addition to physical trauma, these situations can result in emotional and financial burdens as well. That is why injured victims often wish to seek compensation for their suffering. This can be done with a personal injury claim that exists to hold the property owner liable for their negligence. However, in order to be successful, it is on the shoulders of the injured party to prove negligence. This can be done with evidence that shows the property owner did not take the proper precautions to protect trick-or-treaters from hazards on their property. Evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, witness testimonies, and more.

Statute of Limitations

When pursuing legal action, it is important to not wait too long to do so. This is because there is a statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim. A statute of limitations requires an injured person to file a claim for a lawsuit within a certain period of time, otherwise, they may lose their chance to hold the negligent party liable. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury.

Contact our Firm

If you or a loved one has been in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to help you with your case and to make sure that you are not taken advantage of. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.