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Halloween is one of the more active holidays that takes place every year. Instead of being indoors, kids and their families hit the streets in search of treats. While this is a fun and exciting tradition, it is important that all individuals are being careful during their participation. This is because, in the event that a property owner does not ensure their grounds are safe, it is possible for an accident to happen when coming on and off the grounds. Those who are injured due to these accidents can pursue legal action as a result. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.

How Can Property Owners Keep Their Grounds Safe?

All property owners have an obligation to keep their grounds safe for those who come on and off it. This is especially important during Halloween, as there are more people as usual doing so. Before the holiday arrives, it is crucial to clear all potential hazards from the property. In addition to this, take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all trick-or-treaters. This can include certain repairs as well as providing adequate lighting. The failure to do so can cause trick-or-treaters to trip and fall on uneven surfaces or hazards that could have otherwise been avoided. 

Can I Sue a Homeowner for Injuries?

If you or your child are injured while trick-or-treating, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can help to prove your case. This is because, when pursuing legal action, you are required to prove the property owner was negligent. This can be done by gathering various pieces of evidence such as pictures of the hazard, medical documentation of the injuries, police reports, witness statements, and more.

What is the Statute of Limitations in New York?

When pursuing legal action against a negligent property owner, it is important to know that there is a deadline to do so. This is known as the statute of limitations. If the injured party does not file a personal injury claim before this deadline, they can lose their opportunity to recover compensation for damages. In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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