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Celebrate Safely: Understanding Burn Injuries from Fireworks

Fireworks displays are a beloved tradition, captivating us with dazzling lights and thunderous booms. However, amidst the excitement and celebration, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to prevent devastating burn injuries. Every year, countless individuals suffer from burns caused by fireworks mishaps, leading to severe pain, scarring, and long-term consequences. 

Understanding Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can vary in severity and can have long-lasting effects on both physical and psychological well-being. There are three primary classifications of burn injuries: first-degree burns, which typically result in mild pain and redness; second-degree burns, which cause blistering, intense pain, and potential scarring; and third-degree burns, the most severe type, which may lead to nerve damage and significant scarring. The severity of burn injuries depends on factors such as the temperature and duration of exposure, as well as the area of the body affected. Beyond physical pain, burn injuries can also result in emotional distress and a long road to recovery, underscoring the importance of preventing such injuries in the first place.

Fireworks Safety Tips

Ensuring a safe and enjoyable fireworks experience requires adhering to essential safety guidelines.

  • It is crucial to choose legal and approved fireworks from reputable sources, as these are manufactured to meet safety standards. 
  • Supervision is paramount, especially when children or inexperienced individuals are involved. 
  • Assign responsible adults to oversee the fireworks display and ensure everyone maintains a safe distance. 
  • It is imperative to establish a clear perimeter around the fireworks launch area, keeping spectators at a safe distance to avoid potential injuries from debris or malfunctions.
  • Wearing appropriate protective clothing and equipment, such as safety glasses and gloves, can provide an added layer of protection. 
  • Proper storage and handling of fireworks are vital to prevent accidental ignition.  Fireworks should be stored in a cool, dry place away from flammable materials. With respect to handling, always follow the instructions on the packaging, light fireworks one at a time, and never attempt to relight a malfunctioning firework. 
  • After the display, ensure proper disposal of used fireworks, soaking them in water before disposing of them in a designated, non-flammable container.

Legal Considerations for Fireworks Injuries and Seeking Compensation

In cases of fireworks injuries, understanding the legal aspects becomes crucial in seeking compensation for the damages suffered. Liability for fireworks-related injuries can fall on various parties, including manufacturers, event organizers, property owners, and even individuals who failed to exercise reasonable care. To establish negligence, it must be proven that the responsible party breached their duty of care, resulting in the injuries sustained.

Timing is also a critical factor in seeking compensation. Personal injury claims have statutes of limitations, which limit the time frame within which a claim can be filed. It is important to consult with a personal injury attorney promptly to ensure compliance with these legal deadlines and to initiate the claims process as soon as possible.

Seeking Help If You Have Been Injured By Fireworks

If you have been burned in a fireworks accident, consult with an attorney at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman who can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system, gather necessary evidence, evaluate the extent of damages, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if needed, file a personal injury lawsuit. We can provide the advocacy needed to maximize compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages suffered as a result of the fireworks injuries. Reach out to us today to discuss your options.

About the Author
Jefferson D. Gilder is a Partner at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman and was admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars in 1990. Mr. Gilder is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Tennessee including Federal Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Gilder's areas of practice include personal injury, criminal, medical malpractice, civil rights, and product liability. Mr. Gilder spent his first ten years as an attorney practicing with his father, Robert G. Gilder, at Gilder Law Firm in Southaven, Mississippi before forming Gilder, Howell & Assoc., P.A. with Jamie W. Howell, Jr. in June of 2000. This firm although as another legal entity has now combined their resources and experience with Chatham – Pittman, to form Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman. If you have any questions about this article, you can reach Jefferson through our contact page.