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Our personal injury solicitors specialising in firework injury claims discuss how to stay safe this bonfire night. 
With bonfire night fast approaching, and many organised bonfire and firework displays taking place for the first time in two years, after being cancelled in 2020 due to covid restrictions, this year’s events are set to be busier than ever, with many of us very excited for the night. 
 
Still, with this excitement comes serious reminders from the NHS about acting with caution and being sensible about how you choose to enjoy the bonfire night festivities, and how to stay safe, and injury free, on the night. 
 
This comes with NHS Digital figures revealing that almost 4,000 people received treatment at their local A&E between 2015 and 2019 for personal injuries related to fireworks and bonfires, with bonfire night being one of the busiest nights of the year for the fire and rescue services in the UK. 
 
Fireworks burn at almost 2000 degrees Celsius, and can travel at speeds of up to 150mph, making it quite clear why they can cause serious injuries to those who make mistakes, or don’t act safely when using them. 
 
Our personal injury solicitors specialising in firework burns and injuries know all too well how devastating these injuries can be for children and families, and have put together a simple guide to staying safe this bonfire night, and avoiding accidents and injuries, while still having fun for all of the family. 

Always attend a professionally organised firework display- 

When you choose to attend a professionally organised event or firework display, you are significantly reducing the chances of you or your family being injured, or suffering a firework-related accident. This is because when you are using fireworks in an amateur setting, usually a back garden, you do so with no official safety training or risk assessments in place, and with those involved usually stood in much closer proximity to the fireworks than if you were at an organised event. 
 
At an organised firework event, the logistics of the event are planned well in advance, with safety training provided to all employees, in-depth risk assessment carried out on the location, and strict safety measures in place to prevent anybody from being injured. One other key difference of note, is that the fireworks tend to be set off automatically via a bluetooth device or something similar, meaning that nobody needs to physically light the firework to set it off, and everybody can remain at a safe distance. 
 
When people attempt to carry out an at-home firework display, it is usually the case that one person is designated to light the fireworks and run away from the area in due time before they set off. This can be extremely dangerous, especially when things go wrong and the fireworks don’t light properly, or don’t go off as planned. When this happens, people are likely to go back over to the firework to see what the problem is, at which point the firework can often set off on its own, injuring the person standing nearby. 
 
These accidents cannot be predicted, and those who are involved usually believed that they were taking all of the safety precautions necessary, not expecting the fireworks to go wrong in this way. 

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Can I claim compensation for injuries at a private firework display? 

It should not be ignored that the main, and most important reason, for attending a professionally organised firework display is to prevent accidents from occurring, and reduce the risk of you or your family being injured in any way. 
 
Still, one other benefit of attending a professional event, that our no win no fee personal injury solicitors discuss with our clients every year, is that it can be much more difficult to claim compensation if you are injured at a private firework display. 
 
The only way that our personal injury solicitors would advise that you can make a claim for injuries suffered at a private firework display, as opposed to a professionally organized fireworks display, is if there is a policy of private insurance in place, or home insurance that will cover injuries suffered. This is not impossible to do, but can be more complex than making a personal injury claim against the company or local authority in charge of a public firework display, who are duty-bound to have a policy of insurance in place, protecting you from any personal injury you may sustain. 
 
The most straightforward scenario within which you can make a personal injury claim for firework-related injuries is if you have been injured due to the negligence of someone who was legal obligated to keep you safe, such as at a professionally organised event. This is yet another reason why our personal injury solicitors would always advise attending an organised firework display. Not only are you much more protected from being injured in any way, and less likely to be involved in an accident, but you also have the legal ground to claim financial compensation if you are injured, in a way that you would not have in a private display. 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have put together ‘The Firework Code’ for firework safety, including more top tips on how to stay safe this bonfire night: 

 
Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and check the time you can legally set off fireworks 
Only buy fireworks that carry the CE or UKCA marks, keep them in a closed box, and use them one at a time 
Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary 
Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back 
Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks 
Never return to a firework once it has been lit 
Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them 
Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators 
Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire 
Make sure that the fire is out and the surroundings are made safe before leaving. 

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What to do if you are injured at a firework display: 

If you are unfortunate enough to be injured in any way at an organised firework display this year, and the injuries were not your fault, you could well be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries from the company that organised the event. 
 
The first and most important step, after seeking medical attention for your burns or injuries, is to reach out to personal injury solicitors specialising in firework injury claims, and speak to them about your potential NO WIN NO FEE claim. 
 
MG Legal offer a free, no-obligation consultation with a specialist solicitor for all potential clients, where we will discuss your claim, and whether we think it is likely to succeed. If we do accept your NO WIN NO FEE claim, we will essentially be aiming to prove the following, using all available legal and medical evidence: 
 
1. That the company organising the firework event acted negligently 
 
2. That this directly led to your injuries 

Make a NO WIN NO FEE firework injury claim with MG Legal: 

The no win no fee personal injury solicitors at MG Legal have 30 years experience in settling injury claims arising out of injuries caused by fireworks, and have a success rate of over 99% for all of the claims that we take on, on a no win no fee basis. To speak to a no win no fee solicitor about making a NO WIN NO FEE firework injury claim, simply contact us online here, email us at injury@mglegal.co.uk , or call us on 01772 783314, and speak to a fully-qualified solicitor within one working hour. 
 
To learn more about our specialist solicitors’ work on firework injury claims, and how they work, see our full page dedicated to this here. 

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