One of the questions we are asked here at Accident Advice Helpline is, “Can I claim for a fireworks injury?” The answer to this question depends on the nature of the accident and the responsible party.
Fireworks injuries in the UK have declined considerably, largely due to successful awareness campaigns carried out on firework safety. However, the cases reported annually could be avoided if people learnt how to safely operate or dispose fireworks.
Children and teenagers make up a large percentage of those who sustain fireworks injuries. Fireworks are designed to burn under incredible temperatures so most of the victims sustain serious burns. Others are unfortunate enough to suffer scarring, eye damage or various facial and hand injuries.
Most of these individuals are injured when they handle or play with old, abandoned or discarded fireworks. Still others sustain injuries due to operating defective fireworks.
Who bears responsibility for the accident?
If you want to make a claim for a fireworks injury, you need to know who to hold responsible for the accident. The guilty party can be an individual, if the accident happened in the street or at a private party. It can also be an organisation, especially if you were injured during an organised event. You can also bring a compensation claim against the manufacturer or seller of the fireworks if you suspect that the accident was the result of faulty fireworks.
Is my claim eligible?
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can only help you claim compensation for a fireworks injury if you meet the following criteria:
- You were not responsible for the accident. The accident should have occurred because of someone else’s negligent actions.
- You received medical treatment for the injuries you sustained during the accident.
- The accident happened within the last three years. We cannot initiate claim proceedings for accidents that occurred earlier than this since this is the time limit stipulated by law in the UK.
How much will making a claim cost?
As one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK, we at Accident Advice Helpline understand that money can be tight sometimes. We also know that most people hesitate to make compensation claims thinking that they will lose their money should the cases prove unsuccessful. This is the last thing you should worry about when recuperating from an accident.
That is why all our legal experts countrywide work on a 100% no win, no fee basis. This means that we will not charge you any upfront fees to begin your claim proceedings. Furthermore, you will not part with a penny of your money if your case fails to go through. You will only pay if you win your case, eliminating any risk on your part.
If you are ready to make a claim for a fireworks injury, contact us today. You can reach us via our helpline on 0800 180 4123. This line is manned 24/7 so one of our advisers is always on hand to give you more advice on the claims process.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown