Americans celebrate the Fourth of July by lighting off sparklers, bottle rockets, and firecrackers. However, the misuse of explosives often transforms the celebration into a catastrophe. About 12,900 firework-related injuries were addressed in emergency rooms in 2017, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. And in the same year, there were at least eight fatalities as a result of victims using fireworks. Clearly, this alarming figure indicates that further measures are required to reduce injuries caused by fireworks.
Injuries Caused By Fireworks
Firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets are the pyrotechnics causing the most serious injuries, and they also contribute to the large majority of the total number of injuries sustained by victims. What’s more, the hands, head/neck, and eyes are the bodily areas that are most commonly injured in such accidents.
In addition to this, burns are responsible for the lion’s share of hospital visits, while the most common injuries to the head, burns or otherwise, are cuts, bruises, and bumps. Needless to say, fireworks can result in life-threatening injuries, not to mention property damage to houses and cars, from blindness and third-degree burns to lifelong scars.
Who Is Most At Risk of Fireworks Injuries?
Children under the age of 15 accounts for one in every four injuries caused by pyrotechnics, while the risk of injury from fireworks is two times higher for boys than it is for girls. Again, fireworks set off around the time of the Fourth of July cause the majority of these injuries.
Worse, many catastrophic hand injuries caused by fireworks result in the loss of a finger or thumb. Washing, wrapping with a clean towel, applying ice, and keeping a raised hand until emergency help comes are all examples of first aid. If you discover a lost fingertip or digit, clean it with a saltwater solution. Wrap it in gauze and place it on ice before sealing it in a waterproof bag. Ensure you then take the wounded finger to the emergency room.
Meanwhile, the very loud noise of fireworks may result in lifelong hearing impairment. A firecracker bursting three feet away, for example, may emit up to 150 decibels, which can cause hearing damage. Other symptoms may include ear irritation and ringing in the ears, in addition to hearing loss. To prevent hearing harm, keep at least 500 feet away from fireworks. Covering the ears and distancing the person from the noise are examples of first aid. And, after your accident, arrange an appointment with your doctor for an ear and hearing assessment.
Kansas City Firework Injury Attorney
Every year, as summer approaches, there is a higher chance of suffering serious injuries as a result of fireworks. If you’ve sustained injuries caused by fireworks, you need to speak with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer immediately, as there could be options available to help you proceed.
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our team has decades of experience representing persons injured in fireworks accidents in Kansas City and around the country. Our lawyers can assist you in obtaining justice after a fireworks accident.
For a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience, contact our Kansas City fireworks injury attorneys. Please contact us at 816-888-8888 so that we can help you protect your legal rights as a victim.