Fireworks injury affected 8,600 people in the United States in 2010 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Two out of five of the individuals that were hurt were under the age of fifteen. Even more surprising is the fact that fireworks caused approximately eighteen thousand fires in 2009; with the current scorching conditions, that number could rise drastically this year. The 2009 fireworks fires resulted in direct property losses of thirty eight million. While these statistics are important to note, and all Americans should exercise caution regarding any fireworks related activity this July 4th, when a fireworks tragedy hits at home, the fact it could have been easily prevented can be heartbreaking. If you or someone you love was injured by fireworks due to the negligence of someone else, immediately after seeking medical care contact a personal injury lawyer in your area.
Americans most at risk are males; in fact of the 8,600 individuals that were treated for fireworks injury in 2010, sixty five percent were male and forty percent were children, as mentioned above. Here are some of the most dangerous fireworks known to cause injury as related to the 2010 study:
As one can see, the uses of these seemingly safe personal fireworks were responsible for a significant number of injuries. The parts of the body that were injured most often include fingers and hands, legs, eyes, and the head, ears and face. Over half of all injuries were burns. Because of the thrill both children and adults receive when lighting fireworks, many times they engage in reckless, dangerous behavior resulting in injury to someone in their group. Burns and injuries to the eyes can be very expensive to treat, and the victim should not have to foot the bill due to negligent behavior of another party. The highly skilled personal injury lawyers on this site provide a free and confidential case review and can advise you on how to best pursue economic recovery for damages sustained.
Most people are unaware of the fact that the end of a sparker typically burns at around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. To grasp how hot this really is, it is hot enough to cause the melting of some metals and can cause a third degree burn. Fireworks injury can result from being in close proximity when they explode and this commonly occurs when someone leans in to see if the fireworks ignited. Curiosity and the lack of being physically coordinated is frequently the reason very young children are injured.
Whatever the cause of you or your loved one’s fireworks injuries, you need sound legal advice on how to protect important rights and pursue financial recovery through legal channels. If you live in Baltimore, Tampa, Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Longview, Wyoming, San Francisco, Nashville, Long Island or anywhere else in the U.S., CALL NOW for a free case review with skilled personal injury lawyers in your area.