Fireworks are an essential part of Independence Day celebrations throughout the United States. Some people opt for small-scale celebrations, lighting sparklers and non-exploding fireworks with family and friends. Others go to large-scale municipal celebrations, where commercial firework displays illuminate the night sky.
The reason why these large-scale fireworks are illegal for those without a commercial permit is the danger they pose to property and people. Every year, more than nine thousand people are injured by fireworks. Approximately four people die from fireworks accidents in the United States each year.
If you were injured at a fireworks display this summer, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim for your medical needs.
Steps to Take After a Fireworks Injury
- If a victim or his or her clothing is on fire, stop the victim from running and roll him or her on the ground to put the flames out. This technique is known as “stop, drop, and roll.” If a fire blanket is available, wrap the victim in this blanket to aid in smothering the flames while he or she rolls them out.
- If the victim has lost consciousness or is suffering from major burns, call 911 immediately. The victim needs emergency medical attention. If the burns appear to be minor, it may be appropriate to treat it at the scene. Run cool water over the burn for at least ten minutes, removing any clothing or jewelry at the burn site. Then, apply aloe vera gel or another soothing agent along with second skin or another type of cling bandage. In this type of case, the victim is advised to seek medical care as soon as he or she can following the incident to determine the extent of the burn and if any further treatment is necessary.
- If the victim has debris lodged in his or her eye, wash the eye out with a gentle saline solution or clean water. Once the debris has been flushed out, the victim should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In cases where an eyeball has been penetrated or exited the eye socket, call 911 immediately.
- If the victim lost a digit in the explosion, call for an ambulance to have him or her taken to the hospital. If you can, retrieve the lost digit and clean it thoroughly, wrapping it in a wet cloth. Do not put the digit on ice because this can damage the blood vessels, making reattachment impossible. Send the digit to the hospital with the victim.
If you want to pursue a claim for monetary compensation after a fireworks injury, seek legal counsel after receiving medical care. Always put your health and safety first. Your attorney will be able to determine the negligent party in your case, who may be the group responsible for the fireworks display or the manufacturer of the explosive itself, if the accident was due to a firework malfunction. Gather witness testimonies from all parties who were at the scene of the accident to support your claim, including any police officers or emergency medical personnel who attended to the victim.
Don’t Wait – Act Now
A fireworks-related injury can lead to lifetime disabilities, disfigurement, and even death. If you or a loved one is a victim of this type of accident, call The Law Offices of Gabriel N. Schwartz, P.C. today at (877) 860-4878 to schedule your free legal consultation with our firm.