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3 Independence Day Injuries You Should Know

Published on June 1st, 2021 by The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm

Independence Day is Near

Boom, pop, crack! Independence Day Weekend is right around the corner. Many will gather together this year to relax in the warmer weather, enjoy classic summer dishes, and enjoy bright fireworks illuminating the sky. While enjoying time with friends and family for Independence Day brings joy and laughter for all, remember that you can’t completely let your guard down.

A United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 10,000 injuries happened on Independence Day due to firework accidents alone. Even if you take precautionary measures to protect yourself and others this Independence Day, the reality is, potential accidents always pose a threat to the safety of you and those around you.

At The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm, Dworkin and Maciariello, your safety is our utmost priority. This Independence Day, our attorneys want you to be aware of the dangers that are present during this national holiday so that you know when you can and can’t file an injury claim.

When Should I File an Injury Claim?

In every scenario, specific details will vary. No two situations are exactly the same. But, when deciding whether or not to file an injury claim, one defining factor that should be considered is negligence. Negligence refers to the failure of one to use reasonable care in a scenario, resulting in damage or harm to another. In other words, if someone acts carelessly and it results in harm to another person, the person who acted carelessly is considered negligent.

For example, you are visiting a friend’s house for a barbeque on Independence Day. The friend talks about the extra-strong firecracker they purchased. As the barbeque unfolds, the friend becomes intoxicated enough to decide it’s a great idea to light off the fireworks in the living room. In doing so, you receive third-degree burns and must be hospitalized. The friend’s act of lighting the fireworks off inside was a negligent and unreasonable act.

You would have a claim against this person. Filing a claim may result in help covering medical bills and other costs related to your injury.

Another injury scenario is one that occurs in the workplace. Let’s imagine you worked as a pyrotechnician and set off fireworks for a private event. While doing so, the force of one of the fireworks knocks you back from a raised platform. When you fall and hit the ground you break your arm.

Although the injury may not have been caused by negligence, since you were injured while working you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, such as paid time off of work to heal, and financial coverage for all of your medical bills.

You may experience injuries under similar circumstances, but might be confused about your rights after an injury. Remember, you can always call The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm for a free case assessment. We are available 24/7 to help you understand your rights and if you have a claim. If you sustain an injury this Independence Day, you could be entitled to compensation.

When Shouldn’t I File an Injury Claim?

In some scenarios, accidents happen that are not due to negligence or a workplace injury. Sometimes, uncontrollable and unforeseen circumstances occur that lead to injuries. In these situations, unfortunately, you may not have a claimable injury case.

For example, let’s say that you are swimming at the lake with a group of friends, enjoying Independence Day. There is a large sign that says “Warning: Dock Slippery When Wet.” You note the sign, and try to be as careful as possible on the deck, however, eventually you slip and fall, resulting in a broken ankle. Because there was a sign announcing the dock was slippery, there is no negligence, and it’s just an unfortunate accident.

Like all things, there are caveats, even to this situation, so it’s always best to seek the advice of an attorney. However, because a sign is present and you were not required by work to use the dock, it’s unlikely you’d have a strong claim.

I’m Unsure if I Have an Injury Claim…What Should I do?

After an injury, deciding whether or not you should file a claim can be confusing. With The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm, you are not alone! We offer free case assessments to help you decide what steps you should take after an injury.

With nearly 30 years of injury law experience, our attorneys are well equipped with the knowledge needed to guide you on your road to recovery, both financially and physically. We have staff 24/7 to help answer any and all of your questions. We will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Big Hammer, Big Results!

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