Do I Have Recourse for an Injury Caused by a Defective Firework?

Do I Have Recourse for an Injury Caused by a Defective Firework?

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
  • Shock
  • 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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