Many of us, like most Americans, will likely celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family gathered in Ol’ Glory, hotdogs, and, of course, fireworks. In reality, the custom of celebrating Independence Day with fireworks goes back to July 4, 1777, only one year after our Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence.
However, as enjoyable and beautiful as it is to witness a clear night of July sky lighted with red, white, and blue, it is vital to remember that fireworks, if mismanaged, may result in catastrophic injury.
According to a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were responsible for roughly 9,000 injuries in 2018, with 5,500 of them occurring between June 22, 2018, and July 22, 2018.
If you are injured by fireworks in Kansas City or elsewhere in Missouri, you may be unsure of your legal rights and if you need the services of a personal injury lawyer. You may be wondering whether you may seek compensation for a fireworks accident. Here are the facts on fireworks-related injury claims, damages, and statistics in Missouri, as well as information on how victims may proceed.
Fireworks Safety Tips
If you want to shoot fireworks on Independence Day, here are some safety precautions from the National Fire Protection Association to take to guarantee a safe Fourth of July celebration:
- Check local municipal regulations to ensure that you are permitted to light fireworks in your area.
- Do not group or entangle fuses and light fireworks one at a time.
- Make certain that the fireworks are always lit by an adult. NEVER allow children to ignite fireworks on their own, and always monitor all youngsters.
- Never buy illicit or commercial-grade fireworks.
- Fireworks should not be lit directly on your hand.
- Never attempt to relight pyrotechnics that did not completely ignite.
- Never aim or “shoot” pyrotechnics toward people or vehicles.
- Keep a hose or water available to extinguish any flames, and contact 911 immediately if the fire is too big to extinguish safely.
- Bottle rockets should not be launched from glass containers.
- Douse all firecracker fodder with water before tossing it out after cleaning up.
Fireworks Accidents & Personal Injury Claims
Every year around the Fourth of July, we hear about accidents caused by fireworks. Some injuries are caused by reckless activity, while others are caused by poor judgment, which often includes alcohol. According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission report, children under the age of 15 were responsible for more than one-third of fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2016.
These people (those aged 24 and under) seem to be the most vulnerable to harm. Worse, fireworks may inflict injuries ranging from minor burns to the loss of fingers, as well as harm to the eyes and hearing, and in severe cases, death.
A personal injury lawsuit may be brought if a person has a serious injury that results in significant medical bills and other consequences, such as a reduction in their ability to work or earn future earnings. Several variables may contribute to a fireworks-related injury, including the wounded victim’s irresponsibility, the source of the harm, and so on.
Personal Injury Attorney in Kansas City
As the summer continues, the probability of being seriously injured by fireworks grows. However, if you or a loved one has been wounded by pyrotechnics, contact a Kansas City personal injury attorney right once. Fortunately, there may be options that might help you in your rehabilitation and beyond.
Our team at Peterson & Associates, P.C. has decades of expertise and unrivaled ability in successfully defending clients injured in pyrotechnic accidents in Kansas City and around Missouri. Our legal experts may be able to assist you in seeking justice after an accident involving unsafe fireworks and resulting injuries.
For a free consultation, contact our Kansas City fireworks injury lawyers as soon as possible. Please contact us at 816-888-8888 as soon as you are ready so that we can assist you in protecting your rights.