Firework Accidents & Injuries in Brevard County
Every year, thousands of people are injured in fireworks accidents in the United States. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 10,000 people required emergency care and 12 died due to fireworks-related accidents in 2019 alone
. Due to the nature of these types of accidents, victims often sustain severe or even catastrophic injuries
when fireworks malfunction, are defective, or are used negligently.
If you believe that someone else may be responsible for the accident that caused your injuries or the death of your loved one, reach out to our team at Nance Cacciatore. Since 1963, we have represented injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed
in Brevard County and throughout Florida. Our Melbourne fireworks accident attorneys are board-certified by the Florida State Bar, meaning they have the expertise, knowledge, and skill to help you fight for a fair recovery.
Contact our firm online or call our office at 321-777-7777 today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
How Common Are Fireworks Accidents?
Thousands of Americans go to the emergency room every year due to fireworks-related accidents, with the majority of these incidents occurring the months of July and August. This is not surprising, as fireworks are most common on and around the Fourth of July holiday.
Furthermore, 2019 data gathered by the CPSC found that:
- Out of 7,300 estimated fireworks injuries, 66% involved men and 34% involved women
- Almost half of all individuals who sought emergency treatment for fireworks-related injuries were under the age of 20, and 36% were under the age of 15
- Children under the age of 5 had the highest estimated rate of fireworks injuries requiring emergency treatment, followed by teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19
- More than half (58%) of fireworks injuries treated in emergency departments were burns
- The most commonly injured areas of the body were (in order) the hands, fingers, legs, eyes, head, face, ears, and arms
- In addition to fireworks injuries, approximately 800 people sought emergency treatment for firecracker-related injuries
How Do Fireworks Accidents Happen?
When we think of fireworks, we generally think of celebrations and fun times—not serious accidents. However, fireworks are highly dangerous when they are not handled carefully and correctly. Both professional fireworks displays and private fireworks use require proper safety protocols and procedures, but this does not always happen.
Fireworks accidents are commonly caused by:
- Defective fireworks
- Early explosion
- Negligent use/misuse of fireworks
- Indoor use of fireworks
- Improper direction
When defective or misused, fireworks can cause serious explosions and fires that can harm users and bystanders. According to CPSC, most fireworks accidents result from misuse and malfunctions.
Who Is Liable for a Fireworks Accident?
When a person uses fireworks, whether professionally or not, they are held to a high standard of care due to the fact that these explosives are highly dangerous when used improperly. As such, they may be legally liable for injuries and other damages resulting from fireworks accidents. Additionally, if a firework was defective, the manufacturer or distributor could be partially or wholly responsible.
To determine who is liable for your fireworks injuries, our attorneys look at the following factors:
- Was the firework defective?
- Was the firework mishandled or used negligently?
- Did the person who handled the firework act carelessly or wrongfully?
- Was the duty of care breached?
We have an in-house investigator, as well as access to medical experts, economists, and others who can help us determine what happened, who was responsible, and the total value of your economic and non-economic losses. In every case, our Melbourne fireworks injury lawyers fight for maximum compensation, even if that means taking your case to court.
How Nance Cacciatore Can Help
Fireworks accidents and injuries are serious and devastating. At Nance Cacciatore, we understand what you are going through, and we know how to help. If you or a loved one suffered severe burns, loss of limb, disfigurement, or other injuries due to another person or party’s negligent use of fireworks or due to defective fireworks, we can help you fight for justice and the fair recovery you are owed.
Our legal team has successfully secured millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. We have helped many catastrophically injured individuals recover favorable settlements and jury verdicts, including numerous seven- and eight-figure results. We invite you to reach out to our Melbourne fireworks accident lawyers today to discuss how we can help you get back on your feet.