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Halloween is one of the most festive days of the year. Even if you are no longer trick-or-treating, you are most likely still a part of the fun–albeit on the other end–handing out candy to all those smiling faces and outstretched bags. However, to keep the day fun and accident-free, homeowners are responsible for ensuring all who enter his or her premises are in a safe, hazard-free environment. To learn more about how to keep your property safe for Halloween, or, on the flip side, how to sue a negligent property owner for an accident, please read on to learn more about what you can do.

What should homeowners do to keep their property safe on Halloween?

Before the first October 31st doorbell ding, you must ensure you clear away all safety hazards and take all necessary, reasonable precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. For example, and perhaps most importantly, make sure your driveway and front porch are adequately lit. When driveways are insufficiently lighted, excited trick-or-treaters might trip and fall on uneven parts of the driveway, or they may not see certain oncoming safety hazards that could have otherwise been avoided. Additionally, if you are using real candles in your jack-o-lanterns, ensure you do so in a fireproof way. Keep them out of reach of small children and a safe distance away from all walking paths.

How do I know if I can sue a homeowner for my child’s injury?

To sue a homeowner for your child’s injury, you will first have to hire an experienced attorney who can prove that your child was directly injured as a result of a homeowner’s negligence. To prove your personal injury claim, your attorney will use various types of evidence, including pictures of the safety hazard that caused the accident, medical documents detailing the extent and origin of your child’s injuries, police reports of the incident, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New York?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years. All too often, people put off filing lawsuits until it’s too late. Of course, you are busy. However, when you wait longer than three years to file a claim, your window of opportunity for suing closes. If you truly need the compensation, you must file as soon as you can. Our firm is here to help.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City 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 significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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