NEW YORK – Late October is one of the most common times of the year for holiday-related injuries. And we have Halloween to blame. In fact, it’s the fourth-most common time for children to visit area emergency rooms. In recent years, Halloween has become so dangerous that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that nearly 5,000 people will get injured over Halloween week. One of our best New York personal injury lawyers believes that could be an underestimate because it doesn’t include car accidents, and other injuries loosely related to the holiday.
It can be a nightmare if you aren’t careful.
The Most Common Halloween Injuries
From car accidents to slips, trips and falls while trick-or-treating, there are a lot of things that can go wrong this Halloween. New York personal injury lawyers say the best way to avoid an accident is to be aware of the dangers:
- Pumpkin/Carving Injuries – by far, the most common injury this time of year, the CPSC found that 41% of all fall time injuries stem from the giant orange vegetable. According to doctors, Halloween is the fourth busiest holiday for hand injuries.
- PRO TIP: Use pumpkin-specific carving knives, and carve from the top-down.
- Costume Injuries – they come in all shapes and sizes, and costumes can be a real pain if you’re not careful. A third of all Halloween-related injuries can be blamed on costumes and decorations.
- PRO TIP: Make sure the costumes fit correctly. Over-sized costumes can easily become a tripping hazard.
- Car Accidents – kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Wearing dark-colored costumes that require masks make trick-or-treating extra dangerous.
- PRO TIP: Carry glowsticks and flashlights when out at night. It would also be wise to wear reflective costumes to make drivers aware of you on the street.
- Food Poisoning – the Halloween season is capped off by a night of trick-or-treating. But with so many foods recalled due to health concerns, it’s important to check labels and “best by” dates.
- PRO TIP: Check all candy labels for allergens. If you or your child has an allergy to peanuts, for example, it’s best to avoid many types of candy.
- Other Injuries – any number of things can go wrong on All Hallow’s Eve. “Haunted Houses” can be wrought with dangers (both real and fake), and in some cases, Halloween games have been known to get out of hand. However, the best practice is to be prepared.
- PRO TIP: Always have a phone nearby in case of an emergency
What To Do After An Accident on Halloween
It might not be possible to 100% remove risks from Halloween. Whether you’re looking after children or just yourself, the best we can do is follow the best Halloween safety tips and try to enjoy yourself.
However, if an accident does happen, don’t panic. Get immediate medical attention, and contact Cellino & Barnes. Whether you were hurt in a car crash or a trick-or-treating slip and fall, we can put our best New York personal injury lawyers on your case, and help you get the best result possible.
Don’t let the insurance companies drag you down! Cellino & Barnes is on your side, and we’ve helped thousands of New York families recover over $2 billion after their accidents. Contact us for a FREE case evaluation:
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