This New Year’s Eve will be unlike any other. In the midst of COVID-19, the majority of our nation will be bringing in 2021 from the comfort of their own homes. Despite being socially distanced, there will remain the urge to celebrate the arrival of the new year and many may opt for their own firework show. However, it is important to remember that fireworks can be dangerous, especially when set off from home.
Each year, thousands of individuals are injured by fireworks with the majority of these injuries occurring around New Year’s and the Fourth of July. In 2019 alone, an estimated 10,000 people were treated In U.S. hospital emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. This averages to an injury rate of 3.1 per 100,000 U.S. individuals
Men account for the vast majority of firework injuries, making up roughly 66 percent of individuals who received emergency room treatment, and children under the age of 15 accounted for 36 percent of individuals who suffered fireworks-related injuries.
When it comes to injury type, head and eye injuries were the most common type of injury suffered making up a combined total of 31 percent of all injuries suffered. This was followed by injuries to hands and fingers at 30 percent and leg injuries at 23 percent. An estimated 57 percent of all fireworks-related injuries were burn injuries.
So now that we are aware of the injuries that occur, the next step is understanding how best to prevent firework-related injuries. Here are a few quick tips to consider if you plan to set off fireworks this New Year’s Eve.
If you suffer an injury because of fireworks, you need to protect your rights and speak to an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Be sure to seek medical attention, follow the doctor’s orders, and keep the product. Then, call the office of Thomas J. Henry at 866-517-5659 to schedule a consultation today. Our attorneys have represented clients just like you who have suffered burn injuries due to fireworks.