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Fireworks: What’s Legal In North Carolina

The fourth of July: cookouts, swimming, and fireworks. Watching the bursts of colors and designs in the night sky is a family favorite, but not everyone is clear on what is and isn’t legal. People travel to visit loved ones from near and far, sometimes crossing state borders. With so many fireworks on sale near those borders, people might wonder about what’s legal in North Carolina.

Here is the rundown of North Carolina’s fireworks rules:

  • Illegal: Firecrackers, ground spinners, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and aerial fireworks. As a rule of thumb, any firework that explodes or physically leaves the ground.
  • Legal: Wire sparklers, snake and glow worms, smoke devices consisting of a tube or sphere that produce white or colored smoke, trick noisemakers — including party poppers, string poppers, and snappers.
  • You must be 16 years of age or older to buy or use fireworks in North Carolina.
  • Illegally using fireworks can be punishable by up to a $500 fine and up to six months of imprisonment.

Border States

The fireworks that are illegal in North Carolina are legal to use in both Georgia and South Carolina. However, if you buy the fireworks in another state where they are legal, but bring them into North Carolina, the fireworks are still illegal and you can face punishment.

 Legal Action
Many fireworks injuries are caused by negligence. If you are injured by fireworks while watching a display put on by an organization, get medical attention first, then contact a personal injury lawyer.

Contact a lawyer if you are injured with fireworks you are using at home or while working. If the fireworks are illegal and you are hurt, you might still be entitled to help.

Safety First
Even fireworks deemed legal in North Carolina can cause injuries, so take care. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average 230 firework-related injuries near and on the 4th of July.

Twenty percent of those were from firecrackers. In 2014, nine people died from eight different fireworks-related accidents, including two who were not the lighters. Check out this list of useful firework safety tips, including, “Never relight a ‘dud’ firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.”

Don’t forget about your pets. Pets aren’t as excited about fireworks as we humans. Learn more about keeping your furry friends safe and happy.

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Personal injury is a fancy way of saying you got hurt — and it’s something someone else caused or could have prevented. Accidents happen every single day, but if you get hurt in one, you may feel concerned or worried about paying for your medical bills or time you missed from work. That’s why people may choose to file a personal injury claim, a way of seeking monetary benefits for an injury caused by another person or company. 

personal injury termsIn 2017 alone, Nationwide insurance company paid $18.7 billion in claims to its members. Here are the top personal injury claims that affect most people:

Car Accidents

Yearly, there is estimated to be more than 6 million vehicle-related accidents in the United States. While this number is only increasing, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are in danger. Distractions such as smartphones, navigation systems or car-related functions might be the reason. Regardless, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Make it a priority always to always visit a doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. There are many cases where victims did not suffer physical injuries but sustained many internal injuries.

Slip and Fall

Slip and fall claims are a common personal injury claim. A slip and fall can occur anywhere, at work, home, in a restaurant. Elderly people are more likely to sustain a severe injury after a fall. Damage to the hip, head, back, and neck are very common. It may be difficult to prove a slip and fall claim. Contacting a lawyer after a slip and fall incident is crucial.

Product Liability

There is an average of 20,000 product liability claims that are filed in the United States each year alone. Many cases of product liability claims are defective toys, dangerous pet products, unsafe medical devices. Product liability typically has one of the highest average compensation values.

Workplace-Related Injuries

Have you fallen on the job? Work-related injuries are very common and can happen to anyone. Work-related injuries are often unreported due to fear of termination, but that means someone else may get hurt later in the same way. If you have been injured at work, report it immediately and contact a lawyer.

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is another very commontype of personal injury claim. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider doesn’t meet an adequate level of standard care required for a patient. This malpractice causes injury or harm as a result. There are many ways to prove medical negligence has occurred. Some examples are, failing to tell a patient of known risks, failure to diagnose, doctors negligence caused the injury and improper treatment was administered. Medical negligence is among one of the hardest and complex claims to prove and win; it requires many witnesses that must be willing to testify. However, that shouldn’t scare you off if you feel something wasn’t right with your medical care.

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