As we get closer to the 4th of July, a holiday where people throughout the country like to celebrate by shooting off fireworks, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to celebrate safely, in light of an alarming government report showing that the number of fireworks-related injuries and deaths increased significantly from 2012 to 2013. If you have been injured in a fireworks incident or another type of accident in Georgia, consult our experienced lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
4th of July Fireworks Injuries, Fatalities
According to the CPSC’s fireworks safety report, which the agency issues every year leading up to the 4th of July, there was an increase in the number of injuries and fatalities linked to the use of fireworks last year. In 2013, eight people died from fireworks-related incidents, the CPSC reported, and another 11,400 people suffered injuries while using fireworks – a significant increase from 9,000 injuries in 2012. The CPSC calculated these statistics by examining incident reports from hospital emergency rooms, newspaper clippings, death certificate information and other sources, and notes that 65% of the fireworks-related injuries occurred within the 30 days surrounding the 4th of July, not just on the holiday itself.
Common Causes of Fireworks-Related Accidents
Most 4th of July injuries occur when a consumer plays with lit fireworks or ignites fireworks while holding the device. However, some fireworks-related injuries occur when a device malfunctions or does not operate as expected. Unfortunately, these injuries affect children under the age of five more often than any other age group, typically occurring when young children use fireworks that are perceived to be less dangerous, such as sparklers and bottle rockets, which accounted for more than 40% of all fireworks-related injuries in 2013. Banned, professional and home-made fireworks also pose a serious risk, and the CPSC report indicates that each of the eight fireworks deaths reported last year involved one of these devices.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys Today
To reduce the risk of fireworks-related injuries and deaths this year, officials are advising consumers against buying fireworks that are sold illegally, or allowing children to play with or ignite fireworks. Unfortunately, fireworks-related injuries and deaths can even occur during professional displays. Just last year, 40 people suffered injuries during a fireworks show gone wrong at a California park, when pyrotechnics malfunctioned during the show, causing fireworks to be launched into a crowd of onlookers. If you have suffered injuries in a Georgia fireworks-related accident caused by another person or party, contact our personal injury attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today for qualified legal help.