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Whether you are a part of trick-or-treating or you are handing candy out to excited children, it is important to make Halloween as safe as possible. Continue reading to learn about how homeowners can keep their property accident-free and do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New York personal injury firm today to speak with our legal team.

How can a homeowner ensure their property is safe on Halloween?

It is unfortunate that many slip and fall injuries can occur on Halloween. That is why it is necessary to ensure that your property is clear of all hazards and reasonable precautions are taken to ensure that everyone is safe. One of the most important steps you can take is to make sure that your driveway and walkway leading up to your front porch is well-lit. If your driveway is not adequately lit, eager trick-or-treaters can trip and fall on rough parts of the driveway, or they may not be able to see safety hazards that could have been avoided with proper lighting. Also, you should make sure that if you have real candles in your jack-o-lanterns, that they are used in a nonflammable way and are kept out of reach for small children and a safe distance from walking paths.

How do I know if I have a valid premises liability claim?

If your child was injured due to a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To pursue legal action, there are many steps that you will need to take. To begin, you should hire the services of a seasoned premises liability attorney that can prove that your child was directly injured as a result of a homeowner’s negligence. It will also be beneficial to use other types of evidence including photos and videos of the safety hazard, 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?

You will need to file your premises liability claim within the state’s statute of limitations if you or your child were injured on Halloween. The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York is three years for most personal injury claims. This means that if you fail to file your personal injury claim within three years from the date of your accident, you will likely lose the opportunity to file the claim entirely, and you will not receive the compensation you deserve. Our firm is committed to ensuring that your claim is promptly filed.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.