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Fourth of July fireworks turned into a nightmare for two Chicago women who were both severely injured Thursday night. During the finale of the fireworks show, shortly after 11 p.m., at West Lawn Park near 66th and Keller on the city's Southwest Side a firework exploded at the feet of the two women. Both women were rushed by ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. One of the women, a 34-year-old married mother of two, suffered fourth-degree burns and a fracture to her left leg. The other woman, 32 years old, had to have her left leg amputated and suffered additional injuries to her right foot and an arm. The two women are reportedly among nine people taken to hospitals after being injured by fireworks. Witnesses to the tragic accident report seeing a light come straight towards the woman, an explosion and then a large cloud of smoke. Neighbors and relatives who came to the women's aid reported seeing the women on the ground with a good amount of blood. Police are currently investigating the specific cause of the accident.
When another party acts carelessly and with negligence, our lives can change in an instant. Serious injuries can lead to debilitating conditions, massive medical bills, long-term rehabilitation and physical limitations. Last year alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that 9,600 firework injuries occurred on July 4. Firework injuries can range from minor burns to hands and fingers to limb amputation and even death. Anyone who acted negligently and caused an injury by a firework can be held liable including, property owners, municipalities, parents of children who cause injury or anyone who purchased and used fireworks illegally. If you or a loved one has sustained injury due to the negligence or wanton behavior of another, you can receive much needed help and assistance from a personal injury lawyer. Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will represent you zealously in order to get your family the compensation that it deserves. Please contact our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another.
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