The Fourth of July is a time to kick back and relax, enjoy a nice cookout, maybe crack open a few beers … but when fireworks are added to the mix, things can turn ugly, fast.
Take the recent example of one of our clients, who we’ll call Jenny.
Jenny was having a good time at a holiday barbecue at an acquaintance’s house. The homeowner — who’d had one too many alcoholic beverages — decided it would be fun to light up a Roman candle.
But no one was laughing when the pyrotechnic rocketed straight toward Jenny, burning her on the face and leg.
Not only did the homeowner act with extreme negligence, but his residence was in Oklahoma City limits, where it’s illegal to use, buy or sell fireworks. Plus, Oklahoma’s premises liability laws say property owners are responsible for maintaining safe environments, and invited guests have a right to a reasonable expectation of safety.
In addition to the obvious illegality of the fireworks, we helped Jenny prove the homeowner owed her a duty of care — we sued the homeowner’s insurance company, and we landed Jenny a settlement to assist with her medical bills.
Contact Johnson & Biscone
If you’re thinking of shooting off fireworks this Fourth of July, think twice. You could be held liable for any injuries which occur on your property. And if you get injured because of a homeowner’s negligence, call Johnson & Biscone, P.A. today at 405-232-6490 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and hold the responsible party accountable. We are proud to serve clients living in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, and other Oklahoma communities.