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Halloween is a great time to be a kid. The thrill of running house to house for free candy is tough to beat. During trick or treating, you’ll see exhausted parents who would have given up hours ago if their kids would only let them. But alas, the battle wages on into the late evening until porch lights are turned off, and jack-o-lanterns blow out; it’s the national symbol for “It’s over. Go home now, kids.”

As an adult, and as a personal injury lawyer, you see the world a bit differently than children do. As a result, you think of Halloween a bit differently. Every child’s dash out into the street is a potentially life threatening moment. Candy needs to be examined before being consumed. And of course the truly scary stories of Halloweens past fill the news. If you’re an adult, you’re just hoping to survive Halloween. Here are a few tips to for you and your family to make it through the holiday safely.

Stay Visible: Costumes are meant to be scary, but a little bit of reflective material or a light of some sort makes your child visible to vehicles navigating busy streets during trick or treat hours. Wal-Mart, Target and other stores all sell clip-on blinking red lights (check the bike section) which will do the trick.

Stay Together: Kids tend to trick or treat as a group, but they run from house to house like a bunch of goblins on the loose. Remind kids to travel together as a group between houses. They are more likely to be seen by drivers, and you’re less likely to lose a little one in the mayhem. Just the peace of mind that comes with a full head count will make the evening easier on you as an adult.

Stay Sober: The temptation to carry along a little treat for daddy or mommy by way of the bottle is strong on a stressful night. Be responsible and remember you’re in charge of children who are terrorizing the neighborhood streets high on sugar and adrenaline.

Drive SLOWLY: If you have to drive a car on Halloween, the burden is on you to drive with extra caution. If you’re in a neighborhood at dusk, you should expect kids to jump out in front of you at random, crossing the street in search of the next mini Snickers bar. Even if it’s chilly, drive with your window down or cracked, so you’ll hear kids coming.

Charlotte Pedestrian accidents increase dramatically around Halloween, for obvious reasons. It’s a busy night with lots of foot traffic. Give kids a break and use extra caution when you’re on the road.

We hope you and your kids have a Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year again. In North Carolina we have gone from Spring to sweltering Summer in a matter of a few weeks. One age-old retreat from the heat is of course the lovely swimming pool. But what happens when a public pool or a private pool is not maintained properly, or when preventative steps are not taken to keep toddlers away from this attractive nuisance? Below, you’ll find some useful information about swimming pool injuries.

Public Pools

As public pools are heavily guarded, a public pool drowning is a rare occurrence. Much more likely is a public pool injury which may occur because of uneven pavement, pool flooring in dis-repair, or some other failure to properly maintain the pool and its surrounding area. Public swimming pool injuries include, but are not limited to:

Slip and Falls on Wet Surfaces

1st and 2nd Degree Burns and Lung Irritation From Pool Chemicals

Drowning

If you’ve been injured at a public pool, this is generally a premises liability injury. If you hire a personal injury attorney to assist you in making a claim against the pool, you’ll typically be making a claim against the insurance policy maintained by the pool association or corporation. In a premises liability claim for a public swimming pool injury, you are generally alleging negligence, the components of which are detailed HERE.

Private Pools

Private pools and the swimming pool injuries resulting from them, can often be more dramatic. Namely, quite often a child who is unable to swim will find his or her way into a private pool and drown in the pool because there is no lifeguard. There are standards set in the state of North Carolina for private pool owners, which are meant to secure the pool area from individuals who are not invited to swim on the property by the property owner. These standards regulate the dimensions of the required fence or wall (referred to as a “barrier” in the codes), including height, gaps, protrusions, and gates.

If a drowning or other injury occurs at a private pool, the claimant typically makes a claim against the homeowners insurance policy of the pool owner. If you own a private pool, you know that your insurance rates increase due to the inherent risk in having open water of this nature on your property. If you’re making a claim against a homeowner for a private pool injury, much like the claimant in a public pool injury, your claim is one of negligence. Essentially you are alleging the pool owner failed to meet the standard of care for a homeowner who owns and maintains a pool.

Talk To An Attorney

If you would like to speak to an attorney about a public pool injury or a private pool injury, please don’t hesitate to call 704.749.7747. We’re here to answer questions—it’s part of the job. You can easily request a phone call HERE. We hope you’ll choose to Recover With Us.