St. Louis fireworks injuries a danger during Fourth of July celebrations

St. Louis fireworks injuries a danger during Fourth of July celebrations

St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan Cox and the entire staff at our law offices wish each of you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July and urge you to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

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The majority of fireworks injuries in St. Louis occur over the Fourth of July holiday. Whether a victim is injured during a private fireworks display on someone’s property, or during a public firework’s show, aMissouri premise liability attorney should be consulted to protect the rights of anyone who has been injured in a fireworks accident.

Fireworks pose the threat of serious injuries. In 2006, 11 people were killed and more than 9,200 were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Channel 3 reports that Missouri Fire Marshal Randy Cole is asking the public to enjoy a professional fireworks show as the safest option.

“Too often during the July 4th holiday, someone playing with fireworks winds up getting hurt, hurting a bystander or starting a fire,” said Cole. “The misuse of fireworks in backyards and neighborhood streets is dangerous for everyone involved. Even sparklers–which some people mistakenly think are harmless–can lead to serious burns.”

At least four people have been seriously injured by fireworks in the Jefferson City area during the last week. In the first case, a man suffered hand injuries when consumer fireworks exploded. In the second case, a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a fireworks explosion at her home. Two other people were also injured in that incident.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that fireworks caused an estimated 22,500 fires in 2008, including 1,400 structure fires and 500 vehicle fires.

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Children are the frequent victims of fireworks accidents. More than one-third of fireworks injuries involve children under the age of 15 and nearly half injure young people under the age of 20. The most frequent injuries involve the hands, eyes, head, face and ears. More than half of all injuries involve burns, although contusions, laceration, blunt-force trauma and foreign objects in the eyes are also commonly reported.

Firecrackers cause the greatest number of injuries, followed by sparklers and rockets.

Common causes of fireworks injuries include high-grade fireworks sold to consumers, being too close to fireworks, operator error, lack of coordination, child curiosity and experimentation with homemade devices.

If you or a loved one is injured over the Fourth of July weekend, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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