Trick-or-treating is intended to be an innocent activity that your child can participate in this Halloween. However, this activity may come with a unique set of risks. So you must do everything in your power to ensure your child’s safety while they have their fun. Continue reading to learn how to keep your child safe this Halloween and how an experienced Tampa slip and fall lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can step in if they are put in harm’s way.
In what ways can I keep my child safe on Halloween?
It should go without saying that your child should be under your strict supervision during their trick-or-treating. This means that you should have them remain walking on the sidewalk, hold your hand upon crossing the street, and stick with the group at all times, among other things. Your child should also know to look to you for the “okay” before entering any homeowner’s premises.
Regarding your child’s costume, it is in your best interest to decorate it with reflective tape and stickers. This is because, especially with daylight savings time coming to a close, it may get dark early into their trick-or-treating time. So you want to ensure that drivers can easily detect them, along with yourself. As an extra precaution, you may ask your child to carry a glow stick or flashlight throughout the night.
Is it still possible for my child to incur injuries this Halloween?
Both you and your child may practice an abundance of care while trick-or-treating. But even so, they may incur serious injuries and damages. This may reign true if a negligent homeowner welcomes your child onto their premises to retrieve candy even if they know, or should have reasonably known, that hazardous conditions exist. Examples of accidents that may result are as follows:
- Your child may slip and fall due to a loose step or handrail on a homeowner’s stairway.
- Your child may slip and fall due to cracks, wet leaves, or otherwise debris covering a homeowner’s walkway.
- Your child may slip and fall due to unfastened Halloween decorations blocking a homeowner’s walkway.
- Your child may slip and fall due to uncovered electrical wires from Halloween decorations running across a homeowner’s walkway.
- Your child may slip and fall due to excessive fog machines or otherwise inadequate lighting along a homeowner’s walkway.
So if your child experienced any of the aforementioned accidents, then you may work on their behalf in holding the negligent homeowner accountable through a legal action. In the end, the first step you must take in your slip and fall accident claim is to retain the services of a skilled Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer. So call us at Merricks Law Group, P.A. today.