During this time, many individuals engage in seasonal festivities such as visiting haunted house attractions for spooks and scares. However, as fun as these attractions may seem, they can pose a significant risk to visitors if they’re poorly designed or operated by negligent staff members who lack proper training. As such, the proprietors of such attractions must take the necessary precautions to ensure that their facilities are designed and maintained safely for all visitors. Serious accidents and injuries can occur if the appropriate parties fail to exercise reasonable care toward visitors. If you’ve been injured in a haunted house, contact a skilled Birmingham Slip and Fall Lawyer who can help you fight for the just compensation you are entitled to.
Can I sue if I’m injured in a haunted house?
Before entering a haunted house, you must sign a waiver that lists various disclaimers and stipulates that the customer assumes liability for injuries they may sustain while navigating the attraction. This causes many injured parties to believe they are not entitled to pursue legal action for their injuries because they signed a waiver assuming liability. However, there are certain exceptions to these waivers. Regardless of a liability waiver, haunted houses are considered for-profit businesses. This means they owe their customers the highest duty of care to ensure their safety. Therefore, the appropriate parties must maintain a reasonably safe environment for their customers and display warning signage for potentially dangerous hazards. If the appropriate parties fail to uphold their legal obligation to maintain a safe environment, they can be liable for their negligence.
Will I be required to fulfill the burden of proof?
As mentioned above, haunted house attractions are seasonal festivities, meaning they are temporary attractions only around Halloween. That being said, they may be designed carefully without the necessary groundwork. This means they may be built on a dangerous foundation, creating unsafe conditions. Furthermore, such properties are more likely to hire temporary employees who lack the proper training, posing a significant safety issue. While navigating a haunted house, you may encounter unsafe walkways, uneven flooring, defective stairs, or dangerous props. You are entitled to take legal action if you are injured due to negligence at a haunted house. However, you must fulfill the burden of proof before you can collect compensation for your injuries. You must prove that the haunted house’s negligence directly caused your injuries. To satisfy the burden of proof, you must demonstrate the following:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care.
- The property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the dangerous property condition.
- The property owner breached their duty by failing to repair the unsafe property condition.
- The property owner’s breach of duty resulted in your injuries and damages.
You may have a valid claim if you can satisfy the burden of proof. If you or someone you love has been injured at a haunted house attraction due to negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact an experienced lawyer from Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers, LLC, who can help you navigate your legal options and hold responsible parties accountable for their careless actions.