Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

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Fireworks-Related Injuries in Washington

Posted Friday, July 6, 2018 by Chris Thayer

According to a recent report from the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office, there were 262 fireworks-related injuries in 2017. That is 11% more than the 10-year average.

Nationally, there were almost 13,000 injuries caused by fireworks, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Two-thirds of those injuries happened between June 16 and July 16 (which makes sense, considering the Fourth of July falls within that time frame). Here are a few statistics about common injuries associated with fireworks use:

Most injuries happen when people set off their own fireworks. You are much safer going to a public demonstration put on by professionals.

How do Fireworks-Related Injuries Happen?

Most injuries are caused by misuse or malfunctions, according to the CPSC. Examples of misuse include:

You might be entitled to compensation under Washington negligence law if you are injured because someone mishandles fireworks or does not set them off properly. An experienced attorney can explain your legal options. You might also be able to recover damages from the manufacturer if the fireworks malfunction. Examples of malfunctions include:

These are only a few examples of misuses and malfunctions that can result in injuries. Contact an experienced attorney if you were injured in any kind of fireworks-related incident. Do not delay, because you only have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Washington.

Preventing Fireworks-Related Injuries

There are a few common-sense steps you can take to avoid being injured if you set off your own fireworks. For example, do not carry fireworks in your pockets and keep a bucket of water nearby. Other safety tips from the CPSC are:

*Contact Us Today*Contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation if you were injured in a fireworks-related incident. We will examine the facts of your case and help determine whether the accident was caused by negligence. Our experienced attorneys will help recover the compensation that you deserve, including medical costs and other related expenses.