Did You Slip And Fall On Halloween?
Halloween can be one of the most unique and exciting nights of the year. It can be liberating to allow ourselves to experience and enjoy fear. However–perhaps ironically–creating the appearance of danger can also pose very real risks. Slip-and-fall accidents are incredibly common on Halloween. Any number of popular costumes and decorations can contribute to the risk of slipping and tripping. If you suffered a slip-and-fall accident on Halloween, you are not alone, and you may have legal options available to you. In this article, we will explore some of the most common causes of Halloween slip-and-fall accidents as well as your options for moving forward. Of course, if you have been injured due to someone else’s actions, it’s always advisable that you seek medical attention and speak to an attorney as soon as possible. If you would like to speak one-on-one to an experienced Johns Creek personal injury attorney, you are welcome to schedule a free consultation with Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers to get professional insights and personalized feedback on your case.
When Can I Sue for a Slip-and-Fall Halloween Accident?
There are many causes of Halloween trip-and-fall accidents, and not all of them will give you a cause of action for a lawsuit. In general, in order to have standing to bring a slip-and-fall lawsuit, another party must have been negligent. Negligence usually looks like creating a hazard or failing to warn of or remedy one. For instance, if someone invited you over to their house for a Halloween party with elaborate decor, necessitating many extension cords which they did not warn you of or make any attempt to cover or tape down, and you subsequently trip over one and injure yourself, they may be negligent for your harm. Likewise, if someone jumps out and scares you as a joke, but it causes you to fall down and hurt yourself, they will likely be held liable for your harm, as you being startled and falling is a foreseeable outcome of that action. In some cases, defective costumes, decorations, or equipment may have created tripping or slipping hazards. If the defect is caused by or inherent to the production, the manufacturer can be held liable. In other cases though, such as if you were to trip on someone else’s costume, they likely would not be found negligent simply for wearing a costume that you tripped on, unless the costume posed an inherent tripping hazard for others, the issue was clearly foreseeable, or it was an intentional effect. It’s also important to remember that the court will also evaluate your conduct to determine whether you contributed to the accident in any way. If you are, you can still recover provided you were not primarily responsible for causing the accident. Your recovery will then be reduced by the same percentage that you were found to have been responsible for the accident.
Talk to an Atlanta, Georgia Slip-and-Fall Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, it can be overwhelming trying to determine what your options are while also pursuing medical treatment and dealing with mounting bills. Luckily, you don’t have to navigate the process alone. Serving Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, and the greater Georgia area, Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule your free, personalized consultation.