As the weather gets colder and Halloween approaches, you may get in the spirit with pumpkin carving and scary movies. However, you may want to seek out even more thrills by visiting one of the many haunted houses in Kentucky. Though you’re looking forward to the adrenaline rush, the last thing you expect is to end up with a severe injury. Understanding how these injuries happen and who can be held liable is vital. Unfortunately, many assume these injuries are a risk of the haunted house attraction and fail to contact a Pike County, KY premises liability lawyer. This blog explores what you can do if injured.
What Kind of Injuries Can Occur in a Haunted House Attraction?
Unfortunately, there are a number of injuries one may sustain when in a haunted house. Hazards that can lead to injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Slips and falls: These are often the result of hazards on the ground, including water, loose carpeting, wires or equipment left on the ground, or other debris on the floor. When someone is in a haunted house, they are likely not examining the floor when being chased by a scare actor to avoid hazards!
- Unsecured fixtures: In many attractions, decorations are necessary to create a spooky environment for guests. However, when these are not properly secured to walls, they can fall and strike guests.
- Trampling: When too many people are inside of a haunted attraction at once, it can lead to the risk of trampling when a crowd attempts to run away from a scare actor. It’s imperative for attraction operators to adhere to occupancy limits and space out guest entry into the attraction.
What Should I Do After I’m Injured?
Sustaining an injury in a haunted house can be incredibly overwhelming, as it is likely dark with occasional flashing lights, loud music, and other visual impairments. However, if you are injured, you should attempt to stay stationary to prevent further injury. Many scare actors are trained to recognize when someone is injured and in pain so they can assist.
In the event you require emergency attention, you’ll want to contact 911 as soon as possible. However, if your injuries are not life-threatening, you may be able to wait until the following morning to see your doctor. It is imperative that you receive medical care as close to the incident as possible.
Is It Possible to File a Lawsuit?
Before entering, you may have been asked to sign a waiver before entry. However, if your injury is the result of gross negligence on behalf of the attraction owner or staff, you can still pursue a lawsuit. It’s in your best interest to consult an attorney to assist you in examining the details of your injury and the terms of the contract to determine the best course of action.
Shane Hall Attorney At Law, PLLC, is proud to represent those across Kentucky when they are injured due to the negligence of others. Our team is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can fight for you.