A close-up photograph of a pumpkin sitting in the grass. The pumpkin is orange with a short, tan stem, and a single brown autumn leaf is partially covering it. The grass is fresh and green, with morning dew visible in the background.

While as a parent, you do all you can to watch your child and keep him or her out of harm’s way, on a dark Halloween night, children are very often injured at the hands of negligent homeowners. If your child has been injured in a Halloween accident, please read on to learn more about what we can do to help.

Are people responsible for ensuring their property is safe for trick-or-treaters?

In most cases, yes, they are. Most reasonable people understand that when it’s Halloween, children will be excitedly running up and down their driveways and across their lawns all night long. That’s why homeowners are responsible for clearing any debris away, whether on their driveway, walkway, front steps, or porch. Additionally, homeowners must always have a sufficiently lighted yard, so that all children can see and safely make their way around.

Can I sue someone if my child is injured on their property?

With the help of an experienced attorney, you may file what is known as a premises liability lawsuit against a homeowner. However, you will first have to prove that your child was, in fact, injured as a direct result of a homeowner’s negligence. Our firm has years of experience in winning personal injury claims for our clients.

Why do I need to hire an attorney for a personal injury claim?

Attorneys are trained to collect and display evidence as convincingly as possible. Insurance companies, oftentimes, care far more about their profits than they do your injuries, which is why they will not readily dole out money to all those who file a claim. This is where our firm can help. We are ready to fight, tooth-and-nail, to prove your claim. We will use various types of evidence, such as surveillance footage of the accident, police reports, medical documents, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, and more to prove your personal injury claim.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?

The statute of limitations is the legally acceptable window of time you have to take legal action against a negligent party. In New York, you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a premises liability lawsuit. If you put it off and the three-year mark passes by, you will most likely be denied your right to sue. Our firm is ready to get the claims process started. All you have to do is reach out.

Contact our experienced Westchester County firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of neglect 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.