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Understanding Halloween Injuries

 

Halloween is quickly approaching us. Millions of children enjoy trick or treating every Halloween. According to the United States Census Bureau, in the year 2014 alone, there were around 41.2 million trick or treaters between the ages of five and 14. It is estimated that nearly 117.3 million houses across the nation open their homes for trick or treaters.

If you have a child or children that enjoy trick or treating, please beware. While a bulk of neighborhood children run wildly through the dark, wearing costumes and masks, with all the ghosts, goblins and vampires, in effort to score loads of candy, the risk of your children sustaining personal injury significantly increases.

If your child was injured at the fault of another person, it is important that you hire an attorney. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer will not only increase the odds of being compensated but will guide you and your child through our complex legal system.

Keep your Child Safe during while Trick or Treating

There are several ways to protect your child from injury while trick or treating on Halloween night. For one, and according to the AAA Exchange, it is important that you child wears sometime bright. Avoid your child wearing dark clothing. If your child is wearing dark clothing, nearby motorists or other people may not see your child and bump into him or her.

Second, your child should avoid wearing a mask that may cover his or her vision. You will want your child to be able to clearly see where he or she is walking. This will prevent tripping. Also, similarly, your child should not wear a loose costume that poses a tripping hazard, such as long cape or long pants.

Third, it is important that your child not walk in very dark areas. Your child should always be able to see where he or she is stepping. Similarly, you should provide your child with a flashlight should he or she walk in a dark area.

Fourth, you should ensure that your child avoids walking in the street. Your child should walk on sidewalks. This is especially true if your child is wearing a dark colored costume. The last thing a parent wants on Halloween night is for their child to be hit by a car.

Fifth, as a parent, you should be aware of where your child is going. It is important that you child goes trick or treating in an area he or she is familiar with.

Sixth, your child should not go trick or treating alone. Make sure that he or she goes with a group of friends, family members, neighbors, et cetera.

Premises Liability on Halloween Night

If your child was injured on the property of another person, the property owner may be held liable under theories of premises liability. Per Illinois law 740 ILCS 130/1, a property owner owes entrants, such as trick or treaters, a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances regarding the state of the premises or acts done or omitted on them.

Hire an Attorney for your Case

If your child was injured, it is important that you speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the skill and experience needed to aggressively represent you. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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Our Illinois Personal Injury Attorneys Wish You a Safe and Happy Halloween!