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The purpose of this article is not to give you a sugar buzz kill, but rather to give a brief overview of the possible personal injury and accident cases which could arise on Halloween. We want you and your children to be safe, just as we want to protect our own children.

As a child, I remember trick or treating for hours, year after year. As a candy lover, this was my favorite holiday. It is one, however, which I now realize after having handled more than 4,500 personal injury and accident cases, that comes with many risks.

1. Your neighbor may want to molest your child. Ok this sounds extreme, but there are registered child molesters in many local neighborhoods. Check your local, state or national registry before knocking on their door. The national registry is http://www.nsopw.gov. Also, just be aware that the registry only lists those sexual predators who were caught and convicted. According to a U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, an estimated 200,000+ people are sexually assaulted every year, or one every 2 minutes. Every year, I represent many victims of child molestation and investigate the cause or contributing factors which could have prevented the assaults.

According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, many insurance companies will not provide homeowner insurance coverage for dog bites. Due to the high cost of dog bite claims, even companies who do still provide coverage may exclude certain breeds from coverage.

This has become a troubling trend in recent years. We often get calls from parents of young children who were attacked by a friend’s dog or a neighbor’s dog. One of the most important questions is whether their insurance company provides dog bite coverage.

When a young child or adult is attacked by a dog, there may be significant medical bills and injuries. Often we see dog bite victims with disfiguring scars on their body or face.

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