How Might a Haunted House Be Dangerous?

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A haunted house is intended to espouse an aura of imminent danger. However, this should not be the reality. Meaning, it is unacceptable to get injured while participating in this attraction. Follow along to find out how a haunted house might be dangerous and how a proficient Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can help weigh your legal options.

In what ways might a haunted house be dangerous?

Like most premises liability incidents, a haunted house might be dangerous to enter due to the negligence of an owner. It does not help that there is typically dim lighting within this attraction to go along with the theming; as this makes it all the more difficult for visitors to identify and avoid these dangers. More specific examples are as follows:

  • An owner fails to abide by the strictly enforced occupancy limit for the haunted house.
  • An owner fails to securely fasten overhead props and cover protrusions throughout the walkways.
  • An owner fails to install handicap-accessible entrances, walkways, and exits throughout the haunted house.
  • An owner fails to install necessary carbon monoxide and smoke detectors throughout the haunted house.
  • An owner fails to routinely test moving rides within the attraction.
  • An owner fails to routinely check elevators and escalators within the attraction.

Should I consider filing a personal injury claim after getting injured?

If you are considering pursuing legal action against a haunted house owner, you must first review the terms and conditions within the waiver you signed before entering the attraction, if applicable. This is because there may be a clause that states that the owner cannot be held liable for an injury incurred due to the innate nature of the attraction.

For instance, you may be ineligible to sue if you slipped and fell due to the dim lighting within the attraction. However, you may follow through with your lawsuit if you can prove that your injury was due to the negligence of the owner. An example of this is if you slipped and fell due to a loose floorboard, raised carpet, missing step, or another hazard within the premises.

In addition, you must confirm the disclosures posted in front of the entrance of the attraction, if applicable. As an example, there may have been a disclosure that warned against individuals with pre-existing heart conditions from participating in the attraction. Therefore, you may not have a case if you have a medical history of heart issues, and you ultimately experienced a heart complication from a jump scare by a costumed employee.

Regarding your personal injury claim, there is no time like the present to get started. So please reach out to a talented Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer from White Personal Injury at your earliest possible convenience.

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