Many Americans are injured every year in fireworks-related accidents, especially around July 4. In Houston this year, a teen was seriously burned, lost a portion of his leg, and could lose his eyesight after a fireworks accident over the July 4 weekend. He was trying to create a sparkler bomb by tying together almost 200 sparklers when it exploded in his face. Metal fragments blew into his face, and several fingers were blown off, although they have been reattached.
Over 600 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms every July 4 because of fireworks accidents. Most accidents involving fireworks involve eyes, legs, hands and fingers. According to experts, there have been increasing numbers of Americans losing their fingers and parts of their hands in accidents involving fireworks.
Fireworks-related accidents can be easily prevented. It’s critical that alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Also, children should not be allowed to play with fireworks. When fireworks are being used, a hose or a bucket of water should be kept nearby at all times. All instructions on the labels should be closely followed.
If you have been involved in an accident involving fireworks, you have legal options. You may be able to sue the retailer or the manufacturer of the fireworks if they were defective. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you may have a legal case against that individual.
Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you have been injured in an accident with fireworks. You can call us to learn more about our firm or to schedule your free consultation. You can also visit our Facebook page to learn more.