With summer months upon us, more celebrations, and Fourth of July around
the corner, fireworks become a pastime enjoyed by many Americans. Although
they can be fun, fireworks pose significant risks of injury, especially
when they are used inappropriately or when poor supervision fails to prevent
an accident that should never have happened.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fireworks
cause thousands of injuries across the country each year. In the months
around Fourth of July, an average of 230 people visit the emergency room
for fireworks-related injuries every day. These injuries commonly involve
burns and injuries to the hands and fingers, eyes, head and face, and
legs. In some cases, fireworks can cause
catastrophic injuries that result in amputation, impairment, severe burns, and long recoveries.
Our legal team at Biren Law Group focuses on protecting the rights of victims
who suffer injuries due to the negligence of others. When it comes to
fireworks accidents, these cases can present a number of difficulties
during the personal injury claim process, such as:
Product liability claims – When injuries are caused by defective and inherently unsafe consumer
products, manufacturers may be held liable. Unfortunately, product liability
claims over fireworks can be difficult, as victims must prove that the
product was defectively designed or manufactured in such a way that it
caused the injury. Because it is also difficult to determine manufacturers
of many fireworks, product liability claims are limited.
Family member supervision – Because fireworks are commonly enjoyed as part of family get togethers,
homeowner policy exclusions that bar family members from liability can
limit opportunities for victims seeking a recovery of their damages.
Depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding a fireworks accident,
victims may have the opportunity to pursue compensation. Victims may have
valid claims when the accident occurs at a home that belongs to someone
other than an immediate family member. For example, when minors are seriously
injured when an adult is supervising or aware of the activity and allows
it to proceed or fails to monitor a child, victims may have the ability
to pursue claims for compensation. Adults who suffer injuries due to a
homeowner’s negligence, or the negligence of a business that is
using fireworks, may also be entitled to compensation.
Due to the difficult nature of fireworks claims, it is important to remember
that not all victims have grounds to pursue a case or a recovery. However,
our legal team is available to personally review cases involving fireworks
accidents that occur on another’s property, who is not an immediate
family member, and discuss whether victims have grounds to file a personal
injury claim. Backed by decades of combined experience and insight gained
from representing seriously injured victims and children, Biren Law Group
can effectively protect the rights of clients who are able to pursue these claims.
If you plan to enjoy fireworks this summer, consider attending a professional
fireworks display. If you choose to use fireworks on your own, check your
local laws for the types of fireworks permitted in your area, and ensure
that fireworks are being use appropriately and that children are always
Discuss a potential fireworks injury claim with a Los Angeles personal
injury attorney from Biren Law Group during a FREE, no-risk consultation.
Contact us to speak with a member of our team.