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Boom, Boom...Ow! Why You Could Need a Personal Injury Lawyer after Independence Day

by Ruby Mckinney

Aside from all the holiday fun with explosives that comes with the Fourth of July, there is always a concern for accidents and injuries. Once the dazzling displays are over, if you are left, burned, injured, or otherwise maimed, you should get in touch with someone who can help you determine if the injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else. Here are three situations in which you would need a good lawyer after an Independence Day celebration that went terribly wrong. 

You Were Injured by Fireworks On Someone's Private Property

If your good friend throws a backyard barbecue during the Independence Day holiday, you will likely encounter fireworks while you are there. If a homeowner inadvertently injures someone on their property, even with fireworks, they can be held liable for any bills that are incurred. If your attendance at a holiday get together leaves you with firework injuries, you should definitely call a lawyer for help. 

You Were Injured At a Public Firework Display

Although rare, injuries caused by a misguided firework at a public show can happen. In fact, in 2015 nine people received injuries at a firework display given by the city of Avon, Colorado. If you are indeed injured by a misguided firework shell or missile at a publicly provided event, talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as you are done with finding qualified medical attention. 

You Were Injured by Your Own Fireworks when They Malfunctioned

Even though people are encouraged to simply enjoy public firework displays instead of buying their own supplies and taking the risk of getting hurt, in 2013 alone more than 11,000 people were injured by a consumer firework in some way. This alone is a scary number, but when you consider that some of these people were likely injured even though they specifically followed the instructions on the packages, it is even more scary. Fireworks can and do malfunction. They can explode prematurely and cause a lot of harm if you are in the way. If this does happen to you, there is a chance you can sue the manufacturer for your injuries. 

Fireworks can be a beautiful touch to a Fourth of July celebration when they are done right and safety precautions are taken. However, if being near fireworks turns your fun holiday time into a trip to the local emergency room, be sure to talk to a personal injury attorney, like one from Boucher Law Firm, about what can be done to help you.