Fireworks are set off on the Fourth of July, Labor Day Weekend, New Year’s Eve and many other times throughout the year. These are dangerous projectiles that if not used safely, can wind up causing significant injuries, damage and even death. It doesn’t take much to suffer burns from fireworks, which is why you should always leave them to the professionals. But, what if you are injured by fireworks? Read on to find out what you should do if you suffer firework injuries.
Fireworks Accidents Statistics
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that in 2013, there were 11,400 people cared for in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by injuries from fireworks. Some 55 percent of the injuries occurred on the hands, arms, and legs, while 38 percent were injuries to the head. The NFPA also reports that two out of every five fires on the Fourth of July are caused by fireworks.
Seek Medical Care Immediately
Medical attention is the most important thing you can do in the moments immediately following injuries caused by fireworks. It doesn’t matter if you suffered a minor burn or a third-degree burn. Medical care is vital to any legal claim you wish to file in the days following a fireworks accident. If you refuse medical care and then try to file a claim about your injuries, there will be no medical documentation to prove you were injured.
Save the Fireworks
If you are ever injured in a fireworks accident, it is in your best interest to save the product instead of throwing it away. It is quite possible that the product malfunctioned, leading to your injury. It should be examined professionally so you can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the fireworks. If you have the receipt from when you purchased the fireworks, make a copy of it and show it to your attorney.
What to Prove in a Fireworks Lawsuit
If you are going to file a lawsuit against someone else for injuries suffered in a fireworks accident, you will need to have a lot of evidence on your side that shows the negligence of the other party. You will need to prove the following to win a lawsuit:
- The person who lit the fireworks had a duty to act responsibly when doing so
- The person who lit the fireworks breached the duty
- Someone other than the person who lit the fireworks suffered an injury
- The person who suffered the injury did so because of negligence
Injured by Fireworks? Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
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.