Fall is the optimal time to visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard. These two locations typically embrace the onset of fall with activities similar to those of a fall festival. Guests are invited to pick their own pumpkins, pluck their own apples from trees, and generally enjoy all that fall has to offer on the orchard's grounds.
Like all fun locations, there are some hazards to consider. With orchards, the apples are generally too high up on the tree for individuals to pick them on their own. To get to the apples, people may be required to use a ladder. Whenever there is a ladder in use, the chances of injuries go up considerably.
Pumpkin patches offer similar hazards, but on the ground. It is far too easy for a person to trip over an unseen pumpkin and to injure himself or herself. Other hazards of pumpkins include the vines on which they grow. The vines, as they dry, become increasingly stiff. This makes them a serious hazard for tripping, as once caught they won't give.
Hay rides are a common event at any orchard or pumpkin patch in the fall. While great fun, they can be extremely dangerous. The tractors used to pull the trailer of hay can malfunction. Also, if turns are taken improperly, the trailer can roll causing injuries to those who were just enjoying the hay ride.
If you have been injured at an orchard or while enjoying a pumpkin patch, contact the Appleton personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your situation and to determine your legal options.