Before you know it, the streets will be filled with children dressed as everything from their favorite superheroes, to princesses, to ghosts. While it is a time of fun, festivity, and “tricks,” it is also a time for increased injuries.
The risks of injury on Halloween increase. While most of these injuries are nothing catastrophic, some can be life-threatening and lead to permanent disfigurement and disability. Therefore, if you or your children are going out this Halloween to enjoy the fun, be sure you are aware of the most common injury risks and how to avoid them.
The Most Common Risk: Pedestrian Injuries
The most common injury is an accident involving a pedestrian versus an automobile. These can be especially catastrophic and the reason is quite clear – because a small child struck by the weight of an average passenger vehicle can lead to the worst of injuries.
Injuries sustained can involve any of the following.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – TBI occurs when the head sustains a serious jolt or blow which disrupts normal brain function. The injury can result from impact with the motor vehicle, or a secondary impact between the victim and the ground or another object.
- Soft Tissue Injuries – Soft tissue injuries affect the nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They can be debilitating, extremely painful, and leave a victim with long-term disabilities.
- Broken Bones and Fractures – The sheer force of a motor vehicle is enough to shatter multiple bones upon impact, which may require multiple surgeries to correct.
- Internal Organ Damage – There is a danger that these injuries may not be seen or diagnosed right away, but they can be very serious – leading to life-threatening complications, including infection, bleeding, and organ failure.
Other Common Risks of Halloween
You might be surprised just how many risks and potential injuries lie lurking in the dark on Halloween. Some other common injuries to be aware of include:
- Choking – Small children, and even older children have a risk of choking, especially when running around enjoying their treats from a night of trick-or-treating. Watch small children closely, and only allow them to eat candy appropriate for their age.
- Poisoning – Not only do you need to inspect your child’s candy to make sure it is edible and untampered with, but you must also make sure your child does not chew on any button batteries, glow sticks, and other products that could result in poisoning.
- Slip, Trip, and Falls – Whether it is a trip over a costume that is too long, or on an icy porch, the risk of slipping, tripping, and falling increases on Halloween. Make sure your property is free from any slip and trip hazards. Also, if your child’s costume is too long, cut it shorter or find a costume that they can wear and walk in without tripping.
Severely Injured on Halloween? You Have Options
If you or your child suffers a serious injury on Halloween, speak with an injury advocate in Savannah, Georgia.
Attorney Clarke Nash is here to help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation with him today by calling 912-200-5292 or request more information online.