While it may be expected for a haunted house to be scary, it is not normal for it to be dangerous. So you may consider pursuing legal action if you encounter a hazardous condition on these premises. Follow along to find out your eligibility to sue if you get injured at a haunted house and how a proficient St. Mary’s County slip and fall lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can work on your legal strategy.
Can I sue if I was injured at a haunted house?
You are likely eligible to sue the owner of a haunted house if you were made a victim of an accident on their premises. Such an accident must have been due to no fault of your own, but rather the fault of the property owner for not ensuring their premises were safe for visitors. More specific examples are as follows:
- You collided with pointy objects due to the poor lighting within the haunted house.
- You were trampled due to the overcrowding of visitors within the haunted house.
- You were injured while riding a malfunctioning ride within the haunted house.
What if the haunted house did not have a “no touch” policy?
Sometimes, owners of haunted houses disclose a “no touch” policy to promote the safety of their visitors. Such a policy holds that costumed employees cannot grab onto visitors to add to the freight of the attraction.
So if the haunted house you visited did not have this policy in place, you may be worried that you can no longer pursue a lawsuit. This is specifically if you claim that you got injured by the action of a costumed employee.
However, you may still insist that the costumed employee’s action was a violent attack fueled by gross negligence. That is, you can claim that the aggressive grabbing gave you severe bruising or gashes; or that it caused you to fall and dislocate, sprain, or break a bone.
What if I signed a liability waiver?
It is also common for owners of haunted houses to require visitors to sign a liability waiver before participating in the attraction. Such a waiver holds that you cannot sue if you become injured during your visit.
Although, this waiver may only cover “foreseeable risks” that are expected from a haunted house, such as slipping, falling, or colliding with an object due to dim lighting. So in your claim, you may still argue that the hazard you encountered was not a foreseeable risk. Examples include a slippery surface, a broken staircase, or a falling prop.
Regarding your personal injury claim, there is no time like the present to get started. So please reach out to a talented Leonardtown personal injury lawyer from The Dorsey Law Firm today.