What Legal Options Exist if You Get Hurt in a Haunted House?

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Every business has an obligation to keep its patrons safe, even those that are only in operation for a few months a year. If you or a loved one gets injured in a haunted house, you could be owed compensation. Our Monmouth County slip and fall accident attorneys can take a closer look at your case and tell you more about your options.

What Kinds of Injuries Can Happen in a Haunted House?

Serious injuries can occur when things go wrong in a haunted house. Some possibilities include:

  • Broken bones and other injuries from being trampled
  • Head trauma from improperly secured props
  • Injuries from inhaling toxic or chemical fumes
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a poor ventilation system

Who Can Sue for Injuries That Happen in a Haunted House?

Customers can sue for injuries that occur in a haunted house, even if they signed a waiver. This is because a waiver often warns about typical dangers, like sudden scares that could cause issues for someone with a heart condition or dark hallways that could be tripping hazards. A waiver probably would not warn about something like a weak floor that someone could fall through or a worker who gets too aggressive.

Workers may also be able to sue. As most haunted houses pop up temporarily, workers are unlikely to be full-time employees with the protections that come with that status. So if a worker gets hurt and believes that the negligence of the owner is to blame, they may be able to sue for personal injury even if they would not be eligible for a benefit like worers’ compensation.

How Long Do I Have to Sue for Damages?

You have two years to sue for damages, but we recommend acting as quickly as you can. This can make it easier to gather evidence and make use of reliable eyewitnesses in your case. A haunted house is often a temporary business, so you also do not want to worry about the business owner leaving the state and becoming difficult to serve with a lawsuit. Plus, the earlier you begin the legal process the earlier you can hope to receive your compensation!

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

Your lawyer can do a lot to help you build a compelling case. Expect your personal injury attorney to:

  • Gather evidence
  • Talk to eyewitnesses
  • Research the safety history of this haunted house and the owner’s other businesses
  • Remind you about important court dates and deadlines
  • Prepare you for testimony
  • Answer any questions that you have about the legal process
  • Handle all communications with lawyers and insurance companies on your behalf
  • Fight for a fair and reasonable compensation offer

A lawyer from our firm will do everything that they can to build a winning case for you.

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If you want to learn more about what our attorneys can do for you, contact the Wilton Law Firm. We can schedule a free consultation and tell you more about how we can help you with your personal injury case.