A San Antonio fireworks amateur fireworks show went terribly wrong resulting in two teenagers being hospitalized, one of whom lost his hand in the incident
KTSA News reveals that the two men were involved in a firework accident on January 3 in San Antonio’s Northeast Side. The victims include 18-year-old David Huerta and his unidentified teenage friend.
Reports indicate the two were in the process of lighting a mortar shell-style firework when it suddenly blasted apart. The explosion blew off Huerta’s hands off completely. The other teen also lost three fingers on one hand suffered face and eye injuries.
Following the accident, the two were quickly sent to San Antonio Military Medical Center. Officers of San Antonio said at least 200 people were in the parking lot of Eisenhower Road Flea Market during the accident.
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.
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.