Holidays like New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July have become synonymous
with tons of celebratory firework activity. Indeed, the past three decades
have seen a nearly 700 percent increase in demand for all types of fireworks.
While festive and fun, it is important to remember that fireworks can
also be quite dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), more than 200 people are seen in emergency rooms each day around
the Fourth of July holiday for injuries caused by fireworks, with many
more around New Year’s. Each year, firework accidents also result
in a small number of fatalities.
Fireworks can cause a variety of injuries to users or spectators, including:
- Burn injuries
- Smoke inhalation
- Temporary or permanent hearing loss
- Temporary or permanent eyesight loss
- Loss of limb
More than half of all injuries caused by fireworks are burn injuries. The
most commonly injured body parts include the face, eyes, hands, and fingers.
While some of these injuries result from user error, many more are caused
by defective fireworks that malfunction during regular use. Even the most
safety-conscious users can injure themselves or others when the firework
they have lit explodes prematurely or veers off in an unexpected direction.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a firework, you may be wondering
if you have any rights to legal action. We encourage you to speak with
a Clearwater personal injury attorney at Roman & Gaynor to discuss
your accident and determine whether you have a viable case against the
manufacturer or distributor of the defective product. You may be entitled
to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and more.
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