Halloween, though many people’s favorite holiday, is actually one of the most dangerous holidays as well. Unfortunately, people, especially children are very often injured in Halloween-related accidents. It’s an exciting time, which is why all property owners must prepare for the dozens of excitable kids who will be entering and leaving their premises all night. If you or your child were injured on Halloween, please read on to learn more about what you can do going forward:
What precautions should homeowners take this Halloween?
Homeowners are responsible for ensuring they keep their property hazard-free. Some helpful Halloween safety tips for homeowners are as follows:
- If you use real candles in your jack-o-lanterns, ensure you keep them a safe distance away from walkways, and out of reach of children who may be too young to understand there is a real, burning flame inside. Jack-o-lanterns are potential fire hazards, so you must be very careful where you put yours this Halloween.
- Keep your pets inside, especially if they have aggressive tendencies. Dogs are very often startled by all the large amount of activity on Halloween, so it’s best to keep them away from all the commotion if possible.
- Ensure all your lighting is grounded to avoid overloading electrical outlets
- Provide adequate lighting around your property. Children may be walking up and down your driveway for hours, so if your property is not sufficiently lighted, children may fall, not seeing potential safety hazards or irregularities in the ground.
Can I sue a homeowner if my child is injured on his or her property?
Fortunately, there is a very good chance that you can. If you or your child are injured on another person’s property due to a safety hazard that should have been addressed, you will most likely be able to recover financial compensation with the help of an experienced attorney. These are known as premises liability lawsuits. Do not let a negligent property owner get away with an undeserved infliction upon you or your child.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is two years. If you feel you or your child have been injured at the hands of a negligent party, you must take prompt legal action against them. The sooner, the better. If you wait too long, you will be denied your right to compensation. Do not let this happen. Our firm is ready to get the claims process started as soon as possible.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.