Fireworks injury leaves Hannibal man with over $60,000 in medical bills

HANNIBAL (WSYR-TV) - If you are using illegal fireworks, your insurance can deny covering any injuries you sustain while lighting them off -- a lesson one Hannibal man learned the hard way.

Last summer, the fireworks at Jay Jarvis’ annual Fourth of July celebration misfired, hitting Jarvis in his left eye from more than 100 feet away. 

“I’m lucky to be alive,” said Jarvis.

Since then, Jarvis has had several surgeries and racked up more than $60,000 in medical bills and counting.

“Every operation keeps failing because there's so much damage,” said Jarvis.

His insurance company denied coverage because the fireworks that injured Jarvis are illegal.

The 56-year-old has now hired a lawyer to fight the denied insurance claim and recoup some money towards mounting medical bills.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2015 emergency rooms treated 11,900 fireworks related injuries. Roughly 50 percent were extreme and 41 percent were to the head.

If you burn yourself with a firework, doctors say run the injury under cold water and call 911 immediately.

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