Can You Sue for a Haunted House Injury?
Can You Sue for a Haunted House Injury?

‘Tis the season for spooks and scares, and many people will visit haunted house attractions to get into the spirit. However, these attractions can pose a danger if they are unsafely designed or run by negligent staff members. If you are injured at a haunted house, can you seek compensation for your injuries?

In short, yes. Of course, most haunted houses require guests to sign a waiver of some sort before entering. This waiver likely lists some disclaimers, and states that the customer assumes liability for injuries sustained there. However, a haunted house is a for-profit business, and the owner thus owes customers the highest duty of care to ensure safety. Thus, the attraction must be reasonably safe and should include adequate warnings for any potentially hazardous scenarios.

Some hazards you might encounter at a haunted house include:

  1. Unsafe walkways
  2. Uneven flooring
  3. Defective stairs
  4. Dangerous props
  5. Negligent or improperly trained staff

Because haunted houses are often put up as temporary attractions during Halloween time, they can very easily be haphazardly designed or built on a dangerous foundation. Additionally, haunted house staff are most likely temporary employees. There is a good chance they lack the training and oversight needed to handle safety issues.

If you are injured due to negligence at a haunted house or other such seasonal attraction, you can take action. Even if you signed a waiver before entering, the establishment is not immune to a lawsuit. The business still owes its customers a duty of care, and it can be held liable for failing to deliver that.

“Haunted houses are intended to be entertaining and fun, but the nature of these attractions can make them particularly dangerous. Please take caution if you decide to visit one,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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