Fireworks and 4th of July celebrations often go hand in hand, but many people might not realize that fireworks have the potential to cause serious burn and eye injuries. FindLaw states that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 7,000 people were actually treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2008.
The serious injuries that can result from a fireworks celebration gone wrong can include burns, loss of limbs, broken bones and torn ligaments, permanent blindness or impaired vision, or permanent scarring. Treatment for fireworks injuries can be expensive and may require plastic and reconstructive surgery. The mental traumas that fireworks victims can experience may also be severe, as they can suffer from anxiety, depression and feelings of insufficiency.