According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), at least 11 people died, and an estimated 10,000 were injured in incidents involving fireworks in 2022 alone. This is part of an alarming trend of increased injuries and deaths within the last 15 years involving fireworks, which are used primarily during the New Year’s and July 4th holidays. If you or a loved one have been injured by fireworks, it is important to understand your legal rights when attempting to pursue compensation for injuries or damages.

Generally speaking, a lawsuit from a fireworks-related injury will stem from either negligence or product liability. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, such as recklessly handling or setting off fireworks, you might have a personal injury claim. Injuries can also occur at public events when a mishap causes dangerous debris to come into contact with spectators. Additionally, if an injury resulted from a defect in the fireworks themselves, you may, under certain conditions, be able to pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer or retailer.

Injuries from an accident involving fireworks can vary, which include burns, lacerations, contusions, and fractures. More serious injuries may include disfigurement, loss of a digit/limb, loss of vision/hearing, or even death.

It’s important to note that if fireworks were used illegally and an injury occurs, it may complicate a potential personal injury claim. Also, if someone sets off fireworks in a residential area and causes damage to homes, structures, or vehicles, they may be held liable for the property damage.

Some general rules and laws related to fireworks in the Hoosier State include:

• You must be an adult (18 yrs+) to buy fireworks.
• When children use or possess fireworks, they must be accompanied by an adult (18 yrs+).
• You may use fireworks only on your own property, the property of someone who has granted you permission to use fireworks, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshall for the use of consumer fireworks.
• Display fireworks (1.3g) are illegal in Indiana without a state and federal permit. Consumers may only use 1.4g fireworks, which are the ones commonly found at retail outlets throughout the state.

Because of the dangers they pose, it is best to leave fireworks to the professionals. Many cities, towns and communities throughout the state organize public shows that adhere to strict safety regulations and are handled by trained individuals. Attending these events not only ensures a higher level of safety, but also provides an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of fireworks without the associated risks.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a fireworks-related accident, contact Hurst Limontes today to discuss your options. Our firm has over a century of combined experience between our lawyers. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.

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