Isenberg & Hewitt, PC Since 1989
en espaƱol
To talk with a lawyer call
(770) 901-2666

Woman files lawsuit over pumpkin carving injuries

Carving pumpkins for Halloween is a fall tradition for many Georgia families, but it must be done carefully as the implements used are extremely sharp. A Colorado woman learned this lesson the hard way in October 2018 when she suffered a serious hand injury while participating in a pumpkin carving competition. The woman claims in a lawsuit filed on Oct. 28 that her injury could have been prevented if the ski and snowboard club that organized the competition had taken adequate precautions.

According to the negligence and premises liability lawsuit, the contestants were provided with no gloves or safety equipment and given no instructions when they were handed long serrated knives that lacked finger guards. They were then allegedly encouraged by the organizers and the crowd of approximately 200 onlookers to carve the pumpkins as quickly as possible. The woman's attorneys say the resulting conditions were unreasonably unsafe.

During the frenzy, the woman says that her hand slid down the knife and she suffered a deep cut that severed nerves and tendons. She alleges that the organizers encouraged the crowd to haze the contestants as they carved the pumpkins. Her recovery included surgery and prolonged physical therapy. She claims that she still feels numbness in her hand and has not regained full motion or strength more than a year later. Her lawsuit seeks attorney's fees and undisclosed damages for her medical costs, pain and suffering and lost income.

The defendants in cases like this one often argue that the plaintiffs knowingly engaged in behavior that could cause them harm. Experienced personal injury attorneys may counter assumption of risk claims by seeking to establish that inadequate steps were taken to avoid preventable accidents. When the facts suggest that the defendants in premises liability lawsuits acted with gross negligence and indifference, attorneys could seek punitive as well as compensatory damages.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV | Martindale Hubbell | Peer Review Rated
  • GTLA | Georgia Trial Lawyers Association | Proctecting the rights to trial by jury
  • IACC | International Association of Commercial Collectors Inc.
  • Atlanta Apartment Association
  • NOVA | National Organization for Victim Assistance
  • CVAC | Crime Victims Advocacy Council
  • CLLA | Commercial Law League of America
  • The National Center for Victims of Crime
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association
Email Us For A Response

Contact the Attorneys at Isenberg & Hewitt, PC

We welcome your questions and look forward to helping you achieve your objectives. Call 770-901-2666 complete our contact form to discuss your legal issue with a lawyer at our firm.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Make your next step the right one. Call 770-901-2666 today


Isenberg & Hewitt, PC
6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, 600 Embassy Row, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: 770-901-2666
Fax: 770-828-0100
Map & Directions

Review Us