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$4.75 Million Awarded in Virginia Fireworks Accident

Published December 23, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

What was supposed to be a spectacular fireworks show turned into horror when a high-powered “salute” rocket was fired into a crowd in Vienna, Virginia, during the Fourth of July 2007 fireworks.

A Fairfax County jury ruled Schaefer Pyrotechnics should pay a 39-year-old mother $4.75 million for the injuries and financial damage she suffered when the “salute” shell exploded next to her as she sat on Waters Field holding her 3-year-od son.

She not only suffered severe burns on her head, face, arms and body, but she also has large penetrating shrapnel wounds and lasting brain injury from the concussion wave.

Her son, now 7-years-old, spent three days in a coma and also had burns and severe brain injury as a result of the explosion. The extent of his damage is still being assessed. A separate lawsuit will be filed on his behalf.

The accident, which also happened several times that night at different sites, was caused when a “cake box” of mortars overturned and launched shells sideways instead of into the evening sky.

Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries caused by another person or company, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, at 1-800-825-5529 or visit our web site. Our offices are located in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Syracuse, and Watertown, N.Y. There is no case-review cost.

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