It is that time of year again when haunted attractions might be at the top of the list for your weekend plans. Even if you have exciting trips planned to a haunted house, it is worth a reminder about how to stay safe at these locations in order to avoid injuries and accidents.
Did you know that Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday in the U.S.? More than $7 billion dollars is spent annually on decorations or events surrounding Halloween. Many organizations turn to the concept of hosting a haunted house as a successful fundraiser. Although these can be a fun way to get frightened, improper maintenance or safety can lead to critical injuries.
Some of the safety risks associated with haunted houses are strobe lights, low lighting, large crowds, sudden action and reaction to fright, and even changes in elevation. Another issue most people donâ€™t think about is the danger of using flammable material. As a 1984 tragedy at a New Jersey Six Flags demonstrates, flammable dÃ©cor can catch fire quickly and endanger all those in the haunted attraction. In that situation, eight people perished. In order to prevent issues like this, haunted houses should always make use of alarms and proper lighting around exits.
The most common injury from haunted houses is a broken nose. Employees are more susceptible to these. If you have been injured in a haunted house where the premises made it dangerous, like a peeling carpet or broken steps, then you could hold someone responsible for your injuries. Serious accidents can and do happen in haunted attractions. Those hosting these events should carefully explore all possible risks and those attending haunted houses should always be aware of exits and how to avoid these all-too-common injuries. If you have been injured at someone’s house or apartment, then you should speak to a lawyer. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to cash compensation for medical bills, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact the law office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. to set up a free in-person consultation with Mr. Lutzky. Jayson Lutzky has over 32 years of experience practicing law and has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients during that time. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.comÂ to learn more about Mr. Lutzky’s areas of practice and call 718-329-9500 to set up your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available.