Man Loses Two Fingers as Firework Explodes

Date: June 28, 2013
Location: 200 block of Mace Road, Oregon
Name: David Jenkins

A 37-year-old man lost two fingers on Friday in Oregon when he picked up what he assumed was a dud double-shot mortar and it exploded.

David Jenkins and his friends had lit the double-shot mortar firework late on Thursday night. However, only one of the shots and exploded and Jenkins went out to pick the remaining piece an hour later, when it went off, injuring his right hand.

Jenkins said he went into shock and asked his friends to call 911. He was first taken to Providence Medford Medical Center before being shifted to OHSU.

Police have said that the double-shot mortar is illegal in Oregon because it explodes. They have issued Jenkins a $250 citation because of this.

According to Oregon law, fireworks that explode, travel more than 6 feet horizontally, or more than 12 inches vertically from the place where they are ignited are illegal.

Jenkins, who said that he was left-handed, claimed that the injury looked worse than it actually was. He is optimistic about his chances of recovery and expects further surgery will help heal the wounds.

Jenkins is one of the 450,000 people in the United States who require medical attention for burn injuries each year, according to the American Burn Association. We understand how traumatizing and painful burns can be, and we hope NAME is able to completely recover soon.

While most fatal or serious burn injuries occur in residential fires, there are many other causes of burns that you should be aware of.

You can sustain injuries from:

  • Radiation burns, from the sun or a tanning bed
  • Inhalation burns, from breathing in fumes or smoke during a fire
  • Contact or thermal burns, from touching something very hot such as hot metal, steam, scalding liquids, or flames
  • Electrical burns, from when an electrical current runs through someone’s body
  • Chemical burns, from coming into contact with strong acids or bases

If you or a loved one has a burn injury you should seek medical attention immediately. And if the burn was caused by the actions or negligence of another person or company, you may be able to get compensation.

Some common examples include:

  • A property owner’s negligence leads to faulty electrical system, causing a fire. The property owner’s property insurance should compensate victims.
  • A company’s product is defective and causes an accident. They should be liable for damages.
  • A chemical company fails to disclose the hazards of a product, and a fire results. The company should pay the victim or their family.

If the thought of navigating the legal claims process seems overwhelming, consider hiring a compassionate Portland burn injury attorney. They can give you a free consultation to assess your potential claim, and then guide you through to recovery



About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on July 6, 2013, in Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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