According to a doctor from the University of Iowa, there were more fireworks injuries this July Fourth weekend than “they’ve ever seen before.” Dr. Hans House stated that he opposed the legalization of the sale of fireworks in Iowa, which took effect on June 1 and likely contributed to the increase in injuries over the holiday period.
KCRG reports that the Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to at least 11 fireworks calls in June, three of which involved injuries.
According to The Gazette, UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids treated at least seven people for fireworks-related injuries between June 25 and July 5, which is “higher than usual” according to the hospital’s senior marketing communications lead Sarah Corizzo.
Severe burns, eye injuries, and shrapnel lacerations are just a few examples of common injuries caused by fireworks. If you were hurt in a fireworks accident, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages by filing a personal injury claim.
An accident attorney from Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. We will answer your questions, investigate your injuries, gather evidence, and help you fight for the maximum settlement. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Cedar Rapids.
Mother and 1-Month-Old Baby in Iowa Severely Injured in Fireworks Accident
Perhaps the most heartbreaking fireworks accident over the Fourth of July weekend occurred in Johnson County, where a young mother and her 1-month-old baby were severely injured when a firework shot sideways instead of upward.
According to U.S. News, Margaret Limkemann, 36, of Cedar Rapids, was holding her infant daughter when the accident occurred. Limkemann suffered trauma to both legs, and the child sustained a broken femur, several fractures, and burns.
According to WQAD, the owner of the property where the accident occurred did not have a firework permit as required by a Johnson County ordinance.
A Gofundme page has been created for the victims. You can learn more and donate here.
Man Lost Hand in Fireworks Mishap in Northwestern Iowa
According to WQAD a Sioux City man lost his hand in yet another fireworks accident. The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on July 3.
Fireworks might be a festive way to celebrate with friends and family, but all it takes is one defect or careless mistake to cause a tragedy. Although no amount of compensation can make up for a lost body part or an injury to a child, it is important that accident victims understand their right to claim compensation if they are injured by another person’s negligence.
A Cedar Rapids accident attorney from Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim. Call 319-393-1020 today to schedule a free initial consultation.