You’ve probably seen countless “Fireworks gone wrong” videos on YouTube. In fact, you may have even witnessed people suffer burn injuries because of fireworks on New Year’s Eve in real life.
The bottom line is this: fireworks are NOT safe. And if you have a teenage boy, you have even more reasons to worry about fireworks this holiday season! (find out why below!)
How dangerous are fireworks, really?
According to burn injury statistics in the U.S., very dangerous. Fireworks account for more than 11,000 hospital visits every year, and several fireworks deaths are reported annually.
Fact: men, and boys, in particular, account for over 75% of all fireworks-related hospitalizations in the U.S.
While it’s clear that most burn injuries from fireworks come on the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve is also a very dangerous hot spot for fireworks-related burn injuries, our personal injury attorneys warn.
If you have a teenage boy, you may want to keep an eye on him this New Year’s Eve. But if you fail to prevent a burn injury caused by fireworks, our Oxnard burn injury lawyers got you covered!
How to treat burn injuries from fireworks?
Imagine this: your teenage son returns home with a terrible burn injury on his arm during a family gathering on New Year’s Eve or Christmas. He has been out with his friends, and they obviously did something stupid — fireworks… Oh, boys…
During the holidays, reaching 911 by phone may be quite challenging. But you still need to do something about that burn injury!
Our burn injury attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman, an Oxnard-based personal injury law firm that works in cooperation with reputable medical professionals specializing on burn injuries, have prepared a handy step-by-step guide on how to treat a burn injury from fireworks:
- Make sure the wound is clean and dry (use a mild soap and lukewarm water to sanitize the burned area);
- Contrary to the popular belief, using a topical ointment isn’t critical to speed up healing (in fact, medical experts argue that it can delay healing);
- If you or your child experience unbearable pain from the burn injury caused by fireworks, it’s recommended to use burn free wipes, which ease the pain (pain-relieving medications may also be used);
- Even if the burn injury doesn’t look like a big deal and you think there is no reason to be concerned, it’s still recommended to go through a medical checkup to speed up the healing process, eliminate the risk of infection, prevent disfigurement if the burn injury is on the face or any other visible areas, etc.
- Call an Oxnard burn injury attorney.
Obtaining compensation for burn injuries caused by fireworks
Here at the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman, we offer victims of burn injuries from fireworks the following services:
- Investigate your case to determine fault: product liability (faulty fireworks),
- premises liability, someone else’s negligence, etc.;
- Negotiate with your insurance company to obtain compensation;
- Protect your rights;
- Prepare and file legal documents associated with personal injury;
- Find medical experts to treat your injuries and evaluate your damages, etc.
In some cases, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages suffered as a result of fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
To determine whether or not other individuals, fireworks’ manufacturers, distributors, and sellers, or the owner of the property where the fireworks were launched, can be held liable for your burn injuries, consult our attorneys.