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Have a Safe Independence Day in San Jose: Prevent Dangerous Fireworks Accidents

Have a Safe Independence Day in San Jose: Prevent Dangerous Fireworks Accidents

Independence Day celebrations in San Jose and throughout all of California are known for their extensive use of fireworks to celebrate our country. And while these explosives are both patriotic and exhilarating, an accident can lead to life-altering injuries.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released information showing that 65 percent of all 2011 fireworks injuries occurred on the 30 days surrounding July 4, with 9,600 consumers injured and four killed. Possible fireworks injuries include:

  • Burns to the head, face, ears, hands, eyes, and more;
  • Cuts;
  • Blinding;
  • Head trauma; and
  • Loss of limb.

There are many ways that a person can be hurt by fireworks, but many of the worst injuries come from home-made fireworks and the use of professional grade fireworks at home. Accidents related to these types of fireworks tend to be the worst as large explosions can result and cause serious and even fatal injuries. However, even sparklers and small firework cones have the ability to cause serious burn injuries due to the intense heat generated and the potential for the occurrence of a defective product explosion.

Keep your family safe this holiday by practicing safe firework habits should you choose to use them at home. Keep a bucket of water nearby to douse all used and dud fireworks, keep children at a safe distance, and use common sense when handling the explosives. By following these rules, you and your family can enjoy an explosion-filled, but injury-free, Independence Day.

If you are injured in a fireworks accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, you are entitled to seek compensation from the responsible party through a personal injury claim. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our San Jose burn accident injury lawyers have the years of experience and skills to understand the scope of your injuries and prove not only the guilt of the responsible party, but also the validity of the compensation you seek. For more information on how we can help you, call us today at (800) 900-0863.