Protecting Yourself from Premises Liability Claims This Halloween

Halloween is a day we celebrate with elaborate costumes, decorations, and more. Fortunately, for most of us, Halloween is nothing but a good time. However, if you get trick-or-treaters, it is your duty to ensure your property is safe so everyone can have a safe time as well. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about premises liability lawsuits, how you can avoid one, and how our firm can help you or your child if you are injured due to a property owner’s negligence. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How can I make my property safe for trick-or-treaters?

If you plan on having trick-or-treaters come to your home this Halloween, you should do everything you can to ensure that your property is safe. This means making sure the steps leading up to your house are fully functional and not defective in any way, as well as ensuring that your steps are free of any safety hazards that unsuspecting trick-or-treaters may not see. Additionally, you should ensure that your porch, steps, and walkways are well-lit. You should also carefully place your Halloween decorations to ensure that no one slips or trips and falls on them.

What should I do if my child gets hurt on someone else’s property?

If you or your child are injured on someone else’s property due to their negligence, there is a very good chance that you will have a valid premises liability claim. However, to prove your claim, you will have to immediately begin gathering evidence. This means taking pictures of the safety hazard that caused the accident, asking anyone who witnessed the accident for their name and phone number, calling the police if necessary, and receiving immediate medical treatment. Once you’ve been treated by a physician, ensure you receive all documentation regarding your injuries. Finally, you should retain the services of an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all related evidence before the statute of limitations passes.

The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, which means you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. Our firm can begin the claims process promptly on your behalf so we can begin working to recover the compensation you or your child need to heal. All you have to do is give us a call.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.