Product Liability and Fourth of July FireworksJuly 4, 2011
Fireworks add a colorful and fun spark to many Fourth of July celebrations. They’re a source of joy and awe for the young and old, alike. And while many Independence Day fireworks are enjoyed without incident, every year, thousands of people are injured in fireworks accidents—some are even killed. That’s why it’s important to remember that fireworks are explosive devices that can cause injury if mishandled. It’s also important to know that no matter how carefully some fireworks are handled, injuries can still be caused by defective fireworks.
Let’s face it—fireworks manufacturers and distributors don’t always follow the rules. Many manufacturers ignore strict government safety regulations. Some fireworks distributors even import and sell illegal fireworks, knowing such devices pose a potential hazard. Ignoring safety regulations leaves holiday revelers vulnerable to poorly made fireworks, which may have improper chemical balances and may cause serious harm.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective firework, you may be able to pursue a product liability claim against the negligent parties. Remember from last month’s “What You Need to Know About Product Liability” blog, legal claims can be founded on one of three potential product defects: defects in design, manufacturing, or marketing. Potentially responsible parties include the manufacturer, sellers, wholesalers, and distributors.
Other people can also be responsible for causing fireworks injuries. People who negligently use fireworks can cause personal injuries, property damage, and even set fires. This may be as simple as a neighbor who releases a firework that ends up hurting people in your yard. If another person’s negligence caused you harm, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you’re been injured by a defective firework or by another person’s negligent use of fireworks, you have legal options and may be entitled to compensation. To help understand your options, contact the product liability attorneys and personal injury lawyers at Hornberger & Brewer. Our attorneys have an outstanding reputation inside and outside the courtroom, and our experienced trial lawyers know what it takes to present the strongest possible case to produce results. For more information about how we can help you on the road to recovery, visit our website.
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