Out-of-control fireworks display leaves spectators with burns

Out-of-control fireworks display leaves spectators with burns

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about burn injuries. Many who suffer burn injuries do survive, but the healing process tends to be long, very painful and can leave victims with disfiguring scars.

If you or a loved one has been burned due to the negligence of another person, you may be able to hold that party liable in a personal injury lawsuit. This is often true even if the burns occurred on your own property.

Earlier this month, several members of a Utah family were burned while watching a fireworks show. The fireworks were being launched in a city park just a few hundred feet from the family's back yard. Several people, including children, suffered burns when a malfunctioning firework went astray, landed close to the family and exploded.

One of the victims told news reporters that "I thought it was bomb. I honestly didn't know it was a firework until afterward." Another adult noted that two girls, 4 and 7 years old respectively, were among those who suffered burns.

We are discussing this particular incident because it occurred recently. But this type of accident and the resulting burn injuries are common in communities around the country, including here in Southern California.

Life can be very difficult in the aftermath of a burn injury. In addition to the pain and suffering, victims may need to take time off from work and will likely incur steep medical bills. For this and other reasons, it is important to understand that you have legal rights and may have options for compensation.

Source: Fox 13 Salt Lake City, " Roy family suffers burn injuries after fireworks show malfunction," Caroline Connolly, Aug. 4, 2014

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