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Upon entering a haunted house, you may feel fearful of the anticipated jump scares lying in every corner. However, you should not have to feel fearful that you will get seriously injured during your visit. It is nothing less than unacceptable if this occurs. Continue reading to learn how you might receive injuries and damages at a haunted house and how an experienced Washington, D.C. premises liability lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP can help in your recovery.

How might I incur injuries and damages while visiting a haunted house?

The owner of a haunted house holds the responsibility of ensuring that their attraction is safe for visitors to participate in. It is when they fail to uphold this responsibility that visitors may incur serious injuries and damages. Without further ado, you may, unfortunately, relate to any one of the following common causes of a haunted house accident:

  • The owner fails to ensure that all floorboards, carpets, steps, handrails, etc. are secured.
  • The owner fails to ensure that all overheard props and decorations are tightly fastened.
  • The owner fails to ensure that costumed employees are properly trained on how to safely execute scare tactics.
  • The owner fails to ensure that the haunted house is not overcrowded above the enforced occupancy limit.
  • The owner fails to ensure that the moving rides within a haunted house are free from defects.

What damages can I recover after my accident?

Of note, an accident claim may just be the only way in which you can receive the compensatory damages that you require to properly heal from your injuries and damages. Without further ado, you may seek to recover any or all of the following damages that apply:

  • Economic damages:
    • The cost of current and future lost wages.
    • The cost of current and future medical bills.
    • The cost of in-home medical care.
    • The cost of necessary handicap-accessible structures in your home, such as a wheelchair ramp.
    • The cost of domestic services, such as housekeeping services.
  • Non-economic damages:
    • The cost of your physical disfigurement.
    • The cost of your pain and suffering.
    • The cost of your mental anguish.
    • The cost of your emotional distress.
    • The cost of your overall diminished quality of life.

It is worth mentioning that none of the aforementioned damages can be recovered if you do not fulfill your burden of proof. That is, you must submit a sufficient amount of evidence that proves that you indeed incurred such injuries and damages directly due to the negligence of a haunted house owner.

Regarding your accident claim, there is no time like the present to get started. So please reach out to a skilled Washington, D.C. injury lawyer from Simeone & Miller, LLP at your earliest possible convenience.