Premises Liability for Halloween Parties and Trick or Treating



Premises Liability for Halloween Parties and Trick or Treating

Boo! Halloween is almost here and many San Bernadino residents are planning their costumes and preparing for trick-or-treaters. It is also important that as a property renter or owner, you prepare your premises for a fun, safe experience for visitors. Halloween celebrations, whether they be adult parties or children trick-or-treating, are typically a good-time for all involved. However, both can lead to potential liability if a person is injured while on your property. Read on to learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from a premises liability lawsuit in San Bernadino.

In California, home premises liability generally refers to physical injuries that occur as a result of unsafe conditions on the owner’s property. But beware: as the renter of the property, you can also get in legal trouble. A San Bernadino tenant or property manager may also be responsible for maintaining the premises in a safe condition and could be liable for injuries that occur on the property. There are endless examples of premises liability and a few include personal injury accidents involving slip and falls, swimming pools, fires, broken glass, and dog attacks.

Additionally, negligent premises conditions can exist in just about every type of building; including homes, apartment complexes, farms, and other open land spaces. If you are a San Bernadino landowner or renter you have a legal duty to use reasonable care to keep your property safe from dangerous conditions. An experienced premises liability lawyer in San Bernadino can explain what reasonable care is in further detail.

Generally, California courts look to determine who has the ‘right to control’ the premises where the accident occurs. For example, if you are the owner of the property and are inviting kids to trick or treat at your front door by handing out candy, then you must do a reasonable job of protecting the children from preventable foreseeable injuries or the child’s family might be able to bring a premises liability lawsuit against you.

While a ‘scary’ holiday, Halloween does not have to be a frightening time for parents or individuals who own or rent properties. If you have a haunted house or decorations set up in front of your house or apartment, or are considering throwing a monster Halloween bash, talk to a skilled San Bernadino premises liability lawyer about how to best protect yourself financially and legally.

The experienced attorneys at the Skapik Law Group, located conveniently in Chino Hills have handled many premises liability cases for clients. We know the law and our lawyers are dedicated to providing each client — you — with viable options at all phases of the legal process. Call us at 909-398-4404 or visit us online at for more information about how we might be able to assist you.


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