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Fireworks Injuries and Liability

The Fourth of July is upon us. Tomorrow, many of us will go to cook outs with family and friends, we’ll eat grilled burgers and hot dogs, some of the more enterprising might even serve smoked barbeque. Because the holiday falls on a Friday this year, the celebration of our nation’s independence has the added bonus of being a part of a three-day weekend. Along with the food, many (both guests and hosts alike) will imbibe quite a few drinks while cooking or throwing a baseball around. While others, though completely sober, will attempt to use high-level explosives for the first time in a long time (or, in some cases, ever). The explosives to which I refer are fireworks, the companion light show of American holiday celebrations.

A person’s personal backyard fireworks display carries with it some serious liability concerns. Due to the close proximity of other structures (namely, the host’s home as well as the neighboring homes), the number of spectators standing within range of the detonation, and the (likely) relative inexperience of the operator, people who attend July 4th parties which include fireworks display should be extremely cautious. A stray fireball mortar or a burn caused by a Roman Candle fired by the host or another guest could greatly injure a person, not to mention the injuries which could impact the person that is lighting the fuses.

But let’s say that you attend a fireworks display being put in a large public area by a promoter. The promoter is required to keep spectators at a reasonable distance. But even then, should the attendees do something to put themselves in harm’s way, they could be considered liable for their own injuries. If an attendee is injured by the discharge of fireworks or by a firework that did not discharge properly, that attendee could have a claim against the promoter of the fireworks display. When an attendee is injured as a result of a firework promoter, negligence (on the part of the promoter) is presumed due to the dangerous nature of fireworks. In fact, in some places, strict liability (wherein a claimant is not required to prove that an injury occurred as a result of negligence) is imposed upon the promoter in these situations.

Contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA

If you or someone you know has been involved an accident involving a fireworks display (whether private or one put on by a promoter or municipality in a public location), a law firm with experience handling personal injury claims involving the types of injuries caused by dangerous fireworks is vital to ensuring that you, the victim, receive the maximum compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, or future loss of income. The Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA serves personal injury clients all over the state of Florida from their conveniently located Clearwater office. Call for a case evaluation today at 727-451-6900, and rest assured that our team is ready and willing to take the case as far as necessary to reach an appropriate resolution for your case.

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Clearwater, FL 33765
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