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6 Reasons for Suing When There’s an Accidental Shooting

  • By Arcadier, Biggie & Wood, PLLC
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Firearms can be deadly. When you or someone you love is accidentally injured by one, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. The next move is to contact a lawyer that specializes in these types of cases. There are numerous reasons why an incident may have occurred. Here are some causes of firearm accidents that merit lawsuits.

Weapons Inexperience

Those familiar with guns know that they must be treated with the utmost respect and handled according to specific protocols. Novices shooting firearms when they do not have appropriate knowledge may trigger an accident. A training instructor might have failed to provide proper guidance, or perhaps a student acted independently. In either case, the blame likely belongs to someone other than the person who was shot.

Poor Range Management

Disreputable gun ranges are poorly maintained and have faulty equipment. When these conditions exist, serious incidents can happen. There might be hard materials behind targets that cause bullets to ricochet. Eyewear provided by a shooting facility could be inadequate. The owner of a shooting facility with these elements should be held responsible for injuries that occur.

Accidental Discharges

It’s easy for loaded guns to go off. Whether being transported or cleaned, it takes little pressure for a weapon to discharge. When gun owners are not in control of their firearms, the results can be tragic. A judge is likely to bring the law down on any gun owner who fails to secure their weapons so that incidents such as these cannot happen.

Intoxicated Firing

Every legal gun owner knows that firearms are not to be touched by those who are under the influence. There’s good reason to sue when you have evidence that injury was caused by an inebriated individual wielding a gun. Photos, social media posts, and witness statements bolstering such assertions are vital during these cases.

Manufacturing Defects

Perhaps the reason for an accident is that a gun did not function as intended. Manufacturers need to be held liable when their deadly products do not operate how they’re supposed to. Another scenario is that a vendor knowingly sold damaged equipment. It’s reasonable to assume that significant damages could be recoverable in either instance. 

Guns are lethal instruments that demand safe handling. Those who treat them with a lack of seriousness sometimes cause tragedies for which they must pay. When you’re the victim of an accidental shooting, hire a personal injury attorney to help you win the compensation you deserve. 

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