While fireworks are a thrilling and fitting way to celebrate the spirit of American independence, it can’t be overlooked that store-bought fireworks are commercially packaged explosives.
Morristown, TN (PRWEB) June 27, 2011
The highpoint of summer can easily turn tragic if fireworks safety is overlooked during Independence Day celebrations, Morristown personal injury attorney F. Braxton “Brack” Terry said this week in advance of the July Fourth holiday weekend.
Terry, a partner with the East Tennessee personal injury law firm of Terry, Terry & Stapleton, warned parents and others that fireworks are best left in the hands of professionals and enjoyed from a safe distance.
“While fireworks are a thrilling and fitting way to celebrate the spirit of American independence, it can’t be overlooked that store-bought fireworks are commercially packaged explosives,” Terry said.
“Parents sometimes think, for instance, that sparklers are safe for children, when in fact they burn at more than 1,000 degrees,” Terry continued. “Roman candles and fountains shoot sparks, which can burn skin or ignite clothing, and bottle rockets shoot flames from one end as they fly unguided toward whatever happens to be in their path.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says thousands of fireworks-related injuries and several deaths occur each year, particularly between late June and mid-July. More than half of the injuries are burns suffered by children and teenagers, most frequently damaging hands, fingers, eyes and legs.
“Errant fireworks and firecrackers can cause third-degree burns, permanent scarring and blindness,” said Terry, whose Morristown law firm represents victims of serious injury and wrongful death resulting from the negligent acts of others. “Fireworks can also set yards, homes and motor vehicles on fire.
“The very nature of what a firework is – an explosive device – means its end-result can be harmful. The actual firework – a rocket, firecrackers, whatever the particular novelty may be – can easily be defective and explode prematurely.”
Terry also pointed out that incidents at professionally run fireworks shows have caused injuries. Anyone injured by fireworks because of another person’s recklessness or negligence, whether at a public display or a backyard cookout, must consider their options for legal recourse, he said.
“Often, we find that fireworks injuries are caused by young people handling them improperly, when they should not handle fireworks at all,” Terry said.
“Often, too, a defective device injures a person who did everything by the book. Regardless, a retailer who sells fireworks to minors is breaking the law and is accountable if someone is injured with those fireworks. And if a device is improperly or poorly manufactured, it’s only right to question that manufacturer.”
Terry said that anyone who suffers injuries caused by an incident involving fireworks should work with an attorney who has experience in personal injury and product liability cases, particularly those involving East Tennessee burn victims.
About Terry, Terry & Stapleton
Terry, Terry & Stapleton is an East Tennessee law firm of personal injury lawyers and criminal trial attorneys that has served the region for more than 46 years. The firm handles personal injury and wrongful death cases, including car crashes, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, boating accidents, workplace injuries, Social Security disability claims, medical malpractice lawsuits and products liability cases. For more information, call (800) 518-3779 or use the firm’s convenient online form.
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