Many people celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks. While lighting fireworks may seem like a fun family activity, it can be more dangerous than you may realize. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways an accident can occur when it comes to fireworks, and these accidents can have life-altering effects. Read on to learn more about firework accidents in Maryland and what to do in the event of an injury.
Firework Negligence in Maryland
If you were injured in a firework accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. An individual who fails to adhere to the following safety tips may be held responsible for an injury at ensues as a result:
- Do not allow children near fireworks, and ensure they never light them off. Fireworks should only be handled by responsible adults.
- Always keep your pets inside, as oftentimes, setting off fireworks can cause them to run away, behave aggressively, or simply act abnormally.
- Do not light off fireworks unless you have a fire extinguisher and a garden hose nearby, just in case.
- If you are about to light off a firework, ensure that you do not stand over it while doing so.
- When you light off a firework that doesn’t go off, do not try and relight it. Instead, pour cool water over it and throw it in the garbage after.
- Do not set off a firework until everyone is far enough away that injury cannot occur. Having people too close to the fireworks can result in serious burn injuries.
- Do not throw a firework away, after lighting, until you’ve doused it in cool water. A hot firework can start a trash can fire.
- Ensure that fireworks are legal in your area before setting them off.
- Never set off fireworks without wearing protective glasses.
Maryland’s Statute of Limitations
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury over the Fourth of July, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
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If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.