As the Fourth of July approaches, experts are urging families and individuals who plan to use fireworks to use extreme caution when handling these dangerous products. While fireworks may seem harmless, every year tens of thousands of Americans are injured by even the smallest fireworks, including sparklers and snaps or poppers. Practice firework safety this summer season, and if you do sustain an injury because of someone else’s reckless actions, speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney to see if you can take action.
Common Firework Injuries
There are gruesome videos online demonstrating the explosive force of fireworks on human dummies, allowing skeptics can see just how powerful and dangerous fireworks can be. People frequently sustain serious injuries from fireworks, including:
- Lacerations and cuts
- Open wounds and hemorrhaging
- Injured facial bones
- Reproductive tissue injuries, especially for males
- Vision and hearing loss
- Concussions and brain injuries
When Can Someone Recover Damages for a Firework Injury?
If the person using the firework was negligent or reckless, and their behavior causes you an injury that results in damages, you may be able to bring a legal claim against them. People frequently recover compensation for physical pain and suffering, lost wages, lost quality of life, and medical bills.
Sometimes, a government or community organization responsible for organizing a fireworks show is responsible for injuries. If the organization or its employees were negligent by allowing people to sit too close to the fireworks, knowingly buying dangerous or defective fireworks, or setting up an unsafe firework launch stand, anyone harmed by the organization’s actions may be able to file suit.
Exercise Firework Safety This Year
To avoid dangerous firework accidents, make sure you, your children, and your neighbors observe property firework safety protocols. Never buy illegal fireworks or alter fireworks at home. Do not use fireworks intended for professional use only. Keep children from playing with fireworks unsupervised, and prevent young children from playing with any fireworks at all. If you are at a party where fireworks are being used dangerously, leave.
Contact a Will County Firework Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love is injured by a firework this summer, explore your legal options before accepting an apology or settlement. Depending on your injuries and the circumstances, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for the carelessness of the person who caused your injury. Call McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC today at 815-727-0100 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Joliet, IL firework injury attorneys.