Every year in Texas and across the U.S., an average of 9,125 people are injured by fireworks, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Though many are injured during large-scale fireworks shows, the majority happen at home. In addition, most accidents are due to the misuse of fireworks.
For example, users often light the fireworks incorrectly or when too near to other people. Others could mistakenly light the firework while holding it in their hand. Things get worse, of course, when the fireworks themselves are defective.
There are three types of defects that fireworks manufacturers may be guilty of — manufacturing, design and marketing defects. Manufacturing defects are unintended defects whereas design defects are inherent in the product itself. The former may include defective fuses that cause the fireworks to explode in an unforeseen way. One example of a marketing defect would be the failure to include a label warning consumers of safety hazards.
Fireworks injuries can include burns, lacerations caused by debris and loss of eyesight from the sparks. To prevent injuries, adults should follow all directions and set off fireworks outside, away from the house and any fire hazards. It’s a good idea to supervise the children, even when they’re playing with simple fireworks like sparklers, and have a bucket of water nearby for emergencies.
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Those who suffer burn injuries because of defective fireworks might be able to seek compensation for their losses, especially their medical bills and lost income. However, a victim may want a lawyer to evaluate their case and assist with every step. If the other side refuses to settle for the amount requested, the lawyer could take things beyond the negotiation table and into the courtroom.