There are thousands of firework-related injuries in the United States. The majority of firework injuries are the result of the consumer not using the fireworks properly. However, there are other cases where a consumer might use the fireworks as intended and end up injured due to the firework not being manufactured properly.
Types of Firework Defects
A firework might explode prematurely and not provide you with enough time to reach safety. The fuse might not be functioning properly and ignite the explosive powders in a manner that you did not intend. If the firework is meant to fly through the air, it might not move in a predictable way and collide with someone, and cause serious injuries.
The injuries caused by fireworks can lead to very expensive medical bills and pain and suffering. If you are injured by a firework, you will need to gather evidence and receive medical care as soon as you can.
Gather Your Evidence
Take photographs of all the debris at the scene. Also, take photographs of the injuries if possible. Write down everything you remember from the accident. This will allow you to prove that the fireworks were defective and that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, an experienced personal injury attorney will allow you to determine if you have forgotten anything.
You will need to determine whether the individual setting off the fireworks or the fireworks manufacturer is responsible for your injuries. If the fireworks were not used properly, the individual shooting them off might be responsible. However, it is usually easier to seek compensation from the manufacturer because they will have more assets and will likely be insured against these types of lawsuits.
In some cases, both the firework user and the manufacturer might be responsible for your injuries. For example, the fireworks might malfunction, and the user might decide to reignite them. In that case, you will want to consult with your attorney about which party you should seek compensation from.
Product manufacturers, sellers, and importers all have a duty to make sure that their products function properly. First, you will need to show that the manufacturer had a duty of care and that this was breached. You must have suffered an injury as a result of this breach and suffer legal damages. Then, you will be entitled to compensation to make yourself whole again.
For more information about working with a personal injury attorney, contact a local law office.