Firework Accident Lawyers Representing People Injured in Chicago, Illinois & Beyond
You can turn on the television news on almost any night of the first week of July and hear about more injuries that have been caused by fireworks. The news reports homes being burned to the ground, children losing fingers, and other senseless firework accidents that maim and kill people all across the country.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC regularly represents adults and children injured by fireworks at the home of friends and public celebrations throughout Illinois. Our personal injury attorneys currently represent clients throughout the United States, Illinois, and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, and Wheaton.
Firework Accident Statistics
Not just for Independence Day. Fireworks have become a significant part of our culture and are regularly used to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and plain old backyard fun. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS) records injury statistics for consumer products that cause injuries.
Fireworks are among the most dangerous entertainment products, resulting in thousands of casualties each year. Despite education and local law enforcement to curb injuries, the number of injuries in emergency rooms has not dissipated over the last fifteen years.
The number of injuries had risen and fallen each year, yet remain constant on an average basis. In the report issued by CPCS for 2012 on firework injuries, some of the significant dates include:
- Over 8,700 estimated injuries due to fireworks in 2012.
- About 5,200 or about 60% of all injuries happened between June 22 and July 22, 2012.
- Nearly six or more non-occupational deaths were reported from fireworks.
- Approximately 46% of firework injuries involved children or teenagers under the age of twenty.
Burns accounted for over half of all injuries.
Types of Injuries From Fireworks Accidents
Although burns may be the most common injury, they are far from being the only way fireworks can cause injury. Explosions can cause objects to be thrown at high speeds, causing wounds, contusions, and other injuries. Smoke inhalation can cause respiratory problems.
Both hearing and sight can be altered from loud noises and items penetrating the eyes. There are genuine dangers, both to those using the fireworks and even those just standing nearby. Common injuries include:
- Hands, fingers, and arms. The most common area to be injured is the hands and fingers, making up 41% of the injuries in 2012. Burns are the most common injury. However, they are also prone to lacerations, sprains, fractures, and even amputation.
- Head, face, and ears. The 2nd highest area of injury was the head area. 19% of injuries were to the head, face, or ears.
- Eyes. The eyes were injured in 12% of the injuries, most often from flying objects. Combined with the other head injuries, 31% of all injuries affected the head region.
- Other body areas. The trunk, legs, and arms made up the rest of the injuries, with 29% affecting these regions. Most of these injuries were from burns.
Firework Safety and Accident Prevention
The best way to protect yourself from firework injury is not to use consumer fireworks or be around others using fireworks. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends that consumers refrain from using any consumer fireworks and instead enjoy professional firework displays from a safe distance.
If you're going to use fireworks, take extreme precautions. Sparklers considered the safest fireworks and given to small children, burn at 1200 degrees, 300 degrees higher than what is needed to melt glass. No firework is entirely safe!
Many fireworks displays and pyrotechnic explosives that cause serious injuries include:
- Roman candles
- Bottle rockets
It should be noted that while the State of Illinois has banned the consumers' use of fireworks. Most Illinois light firework accidents at a private residence are covered under a homeowner's insurance policy injury claim.
In the case of a person injured at a Fourth of July public firework display organized by a municipality, fireworks show accident claims for injuries may also be brought. However, most cities, towns, and villages are protected from general negligence claims by forms of tort immunity.
Successfully resolving injury cases requires proving the negligence that must be established, revealing that the municipality acted with recklessness.
Firework Injury Accidents FAQs
What Happens if a Firework Hits You?
Any lit firework hitting your face or body could cause permanent damage to your facial skin, hands, eyes, and lips. Many firework accidents occur when the lighted firework stays on the ground. Others occur when burning debris falls from the sky.
Most individuals injured by fireworks suffer severe burns that might leave permanent scarring.
Can You die of a Firework Hits You?
Nearly any type of firework is exceptionally hazardous, including sparklers that ignite at over 2000°F. At that intensive temperature, a lit sparkler could melt steel.
Small firework fires can cause eye injuries, severe burns, hand and arm injuries. Small and large explosions caused by igniting fireworks can cause death if the victim is too close and in harm's way.
What Injuries can You get From Fireworks?
Bottle rockets, sparklers, firecrackers, and other fireworks cause significant injuries every year to a victim's eyes, neck, head, and hands. Severe burns are the leading injuries associated with fireworks in the United States.
How Many Fireworks are Injured on the 4th of July?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were twelve firework-related deaths in 2019 on or around the 4th of July. The number was up significantly from the year before when there were five firework-related deaths at the beginning of July 2018.
What are the Most Dangerous Fireworks?
Over 85% of all visits to the emergency room for treatments of firework injuries involve shell and mortar fireworks, which are banned in nearly every state. While the shell and mortar fireworks create spectacular displays in the sky with wide blooms, they account for almost 40% of all injuries involving commercial firework displays.
Some households have created shell and mortar fireworks that have caused catastrophic injuries when the device shatters. Many victims have suffered brain and facial injuries when the mortar explodes, sending shrapnel over fifteen feet in all directions.
How can We Prevent Fireworks From Accidents?
The most dangerous fireworks cause severe injuries, harming, and killing hundreds of people every year. You can prevent an accident by never leaning over a lit firework or leaving behind unexploded fireworks.
Also, keep a garden hose or bucket of water adjacent to where you are lighting fireworks. Never throw, point, or give a lit firework to another person.
Call a Chicago Firework Accident Injury Attorney
Fireworks can cause painful injuries that can leave burn scars and, in extreme cases, cause permanent damage or disability.
Depending on the circumstance, you or your loved one may be entitled to receive a financial award for your injury that can cover medical expenses, replace lost income, and compensate for the pain the injury caused.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can examine your case and discuss your options for compensation. We offer a free initial consultation, and we never charge for personal injury representation unless it results in financial compensation for our clients.
Contact our personal injury lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions concerning your fireworks-related injuries with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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