5 Things You Need to Know About Accidental Shooting Injury Cases
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True gun accidents usually fall under one of two categories of cause: product defects or user error. Accidental gun shootings can severely injure or, in the worst cases, even kill someone. Tragically, hundreds of people are unnecessarily injured and even killed every year as a result of such cases.
Determining the cause of the accident can help injured individuals and survivors obtain rightful compensation, but it can also help prevent future accidents such as these from happening again.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a shooting accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Texas firearm injury lawyers.
When a firearm explodes at the firing range, the gun manufacturer is usually the one responsible. When a gun’s design, a manufacturing defect, or poorly constructed warnings or directions contribute to the shooting, the case will fall under product liability laws.
Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable
To hold a firearm manufacturer liable for an accidental shooting, the injured individual or surviving family members must prove defectiveness in one of three below stated ways:
- Inadequate warnings. Manufacturers must include all relevant and knowable information to minimize foreseeable risks.
- Manufacturing defects. Manufacturers must accept responsibility for any incident that is unexpected and arises from a manufacturing defect.
- Design defects. If the manufacturer could have done an alternative design and avoided the incident in question, the manufacturer will be held responsible for any resulting injuries.
Many accidental shooting cases are the result of human error. Examples of negligent shootings include:
- A child discovering an unsecured, loaded firearm and accidentally shoots himself or herself or others.
- A teenager purposely accessing a parent’s gun storage and accidentally shoots himself or herself or others.
- A gun owner firing a bullet into the air, and the bullet eventually strikes a bystander.
Hunting is an extremely popular recreational activity in the United States. Many hunting accidents are the result of human error. Common causes of hunting accidents include:
- Hunters walking carelessly with a loaded weapon, accidentally discharging the weapon injuring or killing someone as a result.
- Attempting to shoot an animal but missing and instead hitting a person.
- Mistaking a person for an animal and accidentally shooting them.
After an Accidental Shooting
Accidental shootings are incredibly tragic events because they are highly preventable. In the aftermath of an accidental shooting, there are a couple steps you should consider taking.
First would be to preserve the firearm for use further along in the process. Second would be to consider speaking with a personal injury attorney about your options.
Cases such as these may help accidental shooting victims obtain a sense of justice and allow them to take their first steps on the road to recovery.
Get Help from Our Texas Shooting Injury Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our accidental shooting attorneys have helped thousands of victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest claim possible and pursue maximum compensation for hospital bills, future medical costs, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.
Our firm also believes an injury victim should never have to worry about being able to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have been injured in a shooting accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.
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