fireworks personal injuryAfter the passing of Hurricane Arthur, the Fourth of July weekend turned out to be just beautiful and one of the main attractions of the patriotic holiday weekend are fireworks.

Regardless of the law in each state, a fireworks personal injury from misuse is common amongst teens and young children. The following are statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • The risks involved when handling fireworks include: devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.
  • Those fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Fireworks can be a lot of fun, especially in the summer, on vacation, on beaches, or at cookouts, but they are best left up to professional to avoid serious injury. If you or a loved one has suffered from a fireworks personal injury due to the carelessness of another, please contact Attorney Jim Brady and Associates, P.C. at: 508-660-8888 or on the web: www.attorneyjimbrady.com