Even though Halloween is just one day out of the year, there are several events and activities to attend to celebrate all the fright and fun of Halloween. Whether you attend a haunted house or visit the corn maze at a farm on the outskirts of town, Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Gruber Law Offices, LLC, remind you to consider your safety and look out for certain hazards to prevent a personal injury. It’s one thing to wear a ghastly head wound as part of your Halloween costume, but it’s another to actually receive a nasty head injury while attending a Halloween festivity.
Depending on where you live, haunted houses may be subject to inspection and are required to follow safety codes before opening to the general public. While it can be assumed that most haunted house operations are safe to navigate, it’s important to be on the lookout for certain hazards that could increase your risk of an injury. For example, if you decide to visit the haunted house in your Halloween costume, make sure you have good visibility and your costume won’t trip you up. Keep in mind that haunted houses have poor lighting. If you can’t see well, ditch the mask and focus on what’s around you. Consider walking (not running) through a haunted house with a group of people. Not only will you be safer if you have a difficult navigating, but you can also have an arm to squeeze if you get too scared. If you’re with younger children, make sure you or another adult goes with them and makes sure they follow the rules and stay safe.
Halloween Hay Rides
Often times, hayrides are on the same property as a corn maze. Haunted or not, they can be a great opportunity to enjoy the crisp fall air and a ride with friends. Although hay rides are typically on the back of a large hay wagon, big enough for several passengers, keep in mind that there may not be any sides or safety features. While hay rides travel slowly, it’s important to stay seated and make sure your arms and legs are not hanging off the side of the ride.
Corn mazes can be a fun experience, but they can also be a bit disorientating. Whether you are navigating through the maze with a group of adults or as a family with your children, make it a rule for everyone to stick together (particularly with kids). If you want to venture out on your own, use your cellphone to keep in contact with others, in the event if you feel lost. Always follow the paths and never stray off course. Since corn is cut down to create a maze, you may encounter sharp and ragged corn stalks, these can be tripping hazards so watch where you walk and encourage children not to run.
Halloween Injury? Who’s to Blame?
Depending on where you go, you may be required to sign a waiver form or there may be disclaimer posted on tickets or before you participate in the event. However, if you sustain a personal injury due to an actor in the haunted house, for example, or slip and fall in a poorly maintained area, the owner of the operation may be at fault and you may have a premise liability case. However, don’t assume that your injury will be covered or even considered someone else’s fault, therefore, it’s always a good idea to make sure you are as safe as you can be and read any and all warnings posted.