Firework injuries from a defect can lead to the loss of body parts, burns and other severe damage. Talk toD.J. Banovitz, an injury attorney in Colorado, to learn if you have a valid product liability complaint in Denver to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
An Overview of Firework Injuries
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — which helps coordinate the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks’ efforts to encourage the public to enjoy community firework displays instead of using their own — there were about 8,600 individuals treated in an emergency room for injuries related to fireworks in 2010.
Of those, 37 percent suffered head injuries and 57 percent sustained injuries to the extremities. Those most at risk of firework injuries are children and teenagers. In fact, those between the ages of 5 and 14 have more than twice the chance of suffering harm.
Although these incidences are prevalent during the 4th of July, anytime there is a fireworks display there is the potential for something to go wrong. The causes of these injuries vary, but defects with the product are one possible cause.
Fires caused by fireworks may be responsible for firework injuries in some cases. While these may arise from a defect in the product, misuse or other mishaps may cause fires as well. According to the NFPA, in 2010 there were an estimated 60 individuals injured and eight fatalities from fires stemming from the use of fireworks.
Types of Fireworks Injuries
Depending on the circumstances, blasts from fireworks can result in the loss of a body part such as fingers or worse. Eye injuries from firework explosions are also possible and may cause temporarily or permanent vision impairments.
Burns from firework defects or accidents can range from mild to severe. A third-degree burn may require surgery such as skin grafting and may lead to permanent scarring.
Structural fires stemming from fireworks can lead to not only property damage but injuries to those inside or nearby. Smoke inhalation is a serious risk in this situation and may even result in death. Burns from the structure fire are also possible.
Consulting with an Injury Attorney in Colorado
When you need answers to your questions concerning the viability of a claim, contact D.J. Banovitz. He will take the time to carefully review the details of your case and can help determine if your injuries were the result of a manufacturing flaw.
Hiring a lawyer can feel like a daunting task. That’s why we offer a FREE injury guide, which can help you avoid wasting time that may be critical when you are seeking compensation for the injuries you or a loved one has sustained. Call us at 303-300-5060 to speak with an injury attorney in Colorado about firework injuries from a defect.