July 4th Fireworks Blasts: Amputation and Burn Injury Litigation

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Independence Day fireworks celebrations are among the most thrilling events of the year in Santa Fe, giving adults and children of all ages something to look forward to. However, fireworks are surprisingly powerful explosives, and firework-related accidents can cause life-altering injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered harm in a July 4th fireworks display, working with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand what steps to take to recover the compensation you deserve.

How Do Fireworks Injuries Occur?

Fireworks injuries can occur due to malfunctioning fireworks, improper usage, or lack of safety precautions. Common causes include fireworks tipping over and firing at spectators, early or unexpected explosions, and debris or sparks causing burns. Injuries may also result from direct contact with lit fireworks or from fires resulting from stray sparks.

What Types of Injuries Can Result from Fireworks Accidents?

Fireworks accidents can lead to a range of severe injuries, including:

  • Burns – Fireworks can cause first-, second-, and third-degree burns to the skin, face, and eyes.
  • Lacerations – Flying debris and exploding fireworks can cause deep cuts and puncture wounds.
  • Amputations – Powerful explosions can cause loss of fingers, hands, or other extremities.
  • Eye injuries – Fireworks can cause damage to the cornea, retina, and optic nerves, potentially leading to partial or total vision loss.
  • Hearing loss – The loud blasts from fireworks can cause temporary or permanent hearing damage.

Who May Be Liable for a Fireworks Accident?

Depending on the circumstances, several parties may be held liable for a fireworks accident:

  • Fireworks manufacturers – The manufacturer may be liable if the fireworks were defective or malfunctioned due to a manufacturing error.
  • Fireworks retailers – If a retailer sold defective fireworks or failed to provide proper safety warnings, it may be responsible for resulting injuries.
  • Event organizers – If the organizers of a fireworks display failed to follow safety regulations or hired untrained personnel, they may be liable for accidents.
  • Individuals – If an individual misused fireworks or disregarded safety guidelines, causing harm to others, they may be held accountable.

What Compensation Can I Recover for Fireworks Injuries?

If you’ve been injured in a fireworks accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including emergency treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing care
  • Lost wages due to time off work for recovery
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement or disability
  • Reduced quality of life

The amount of compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life.

What Is the Deadline for a Fireworks Blast Lawsuit?

In New Mexico, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims generally requires injured individuals to file a lawsuit within three years of the injury date. However, it is crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible following a fireworks accident to ensure your claim is filed within the appropriate timeframe and to increase the likelihood of securing critical evidence and eyewitness statements.

Contact Hunt Law Firm Today

The moments and days following a fireworks accident can feel overwhelming, and knowing what steps to take to file a successful compensation claim can be challenging. The experienced Santa Fe injury attorneys at Hunt Law Firm are prepared to handle your whole claim from start to finish, allowing you to focus on healing. We will investigate the incident, identify all liable parties, calculate the value of your losses, and handle negotiations with insurance companies. If necessary, we will take your claim to court. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us put our more than 20 years of experience to work for you.