Fireworks are thrilling to watch and can be fun for celebrating July 4th festivities, but they are also dangerous and must be handled appropriately and with caution.
Fireworks Injury Statistics
According to the Annual Report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the following fireworks-related statistics were reported during 2018:
- There were five nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths
- There were an estimated 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms, with 5,600 of those occurring in the month surrounding the July 4th holiday
- Of the 5,600 injuries that occurred, 36% were younger than 15 years of age, and more than 44% of the injuries were burns
The areas of the body most likely to be injured are the hands, fingers, legs, eyes, head, face, ears & arms.
Types of Fireworks Injuries
Some fireworks injuries occur due to negligence of the user, but it may also be because of a defective product. If an injury occurs due to either of these reasons, the injured victim may be able to recover damages.
- Negligence occurs when someone’s actions injure another person, and the person who caused the injury failed to act with reasonable care. If an innocent bystander is injured by someone else’s negligent use of fireworks, then that bystander may be able to recover damages for their injuries. The injured victim may be able to hold the person handling the fireworks, the company putting on the fireworks show, or the homeowner setting off the fireworks liable for their actions if it is shown that they acted negligently.
- Product defects, such as design or manufacturing defects, or warning label defects, might also be the legal basis for a recovery for any injuries. This can be tricky because there are often issues such as the victim’s negligence or assumption of the risk (such as when people are playing with fireworks, shooting them at each other, staying too close to them, etc.). This is why it is often a good idea to consult with an attorney regarding any fireworks injuries.
Please have a safe Fourth of July. Hopefully you won’t have to deal with any injuries. If you do, however, call us. We don’t work for insurance companies, and never have. We work for people and take great joy and pride in representing individuals when they are injured and need legal help. Call 478-238-9758 or contact us online for your free strategy session with our team at Gautreaux Law.