What Should I Do If I'm Injured in an Accidental Shooting?
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Accidental gun shootings can result in severe injuries or even death. If you’ve been injured an accidental shooting, you may be wondering whether you can recover for your injuries.
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What Should I Do If I’m Injured in an Accidental Shooting?
You may be entitled to compensation from a gunshot injury even if the gun discharged accidentally. Talking with an experienced personal injury attorney in El Paso will help you figure out what your options are.
Product Liability Involving Guns
Accidental gun shootings can happen for a variety of reasons. If a gun has been manufactured improperly, it runs the risk of going off without anyone pulling the trigger.
I Was Injured by a Gun Due to Improper Handling
Often, accidental gun shootings are caused by improper handling of the gun. This sometimes occurs when a child has access to a gun, when an adult has no training in gun safety, or if an adult has been drinking alcohol or is otherwise intoxicated.
Being a gun owner comes with a great deal of responsibility. Gun owners who are negligent can be held liable, both criminally and civilly, for any injuries that an accidental shooting caused.
If a person’s negligence led to the accidental shooting, a court will most likely find them civilly liable for the injuries they caused. There are many different scenarios that would result in a gun owner being found negligent, and therefore being found liable for any resulting injuries from an accidental shooting.
The following are just a few of those scenarios:
- Texas law requires gun owners with a handgun carry permit to attend a 4-6 hour gun safety training course. If the gun owner did not attend such a course, he or she may be found negligent in the accidental shooting.
- Parents are responsible for their child’s actions. If a child manages to find a gun and fires it, the parents will likely be found liable for any injuries that occur as a result of their failure to keep a gun out of their child’s hands.
- If a gun owner was using drugs or alcohol when the gun went off, the gun owner will likely be held negligent for any resulting injuries.
What Should I Do If Someone Accidentally Shot Me?
If you’ve been injured from an accidental shooting, your top priority should be getting proper medical treatment. Injuries from gunshots can worsen quickly, so receiving medical care promptly is of the utmost importance.
You should also call the police in order to make sure that a report is filed and so that the police can determine whether bringing criminal charges is appropriate. If possible, speak with the gun owner or the person who fired the gun.
Get their contact information, and try to understand what happened. If there are witnesses, speak with them in order to learn their account of the event and to get their contact information.
Get Help From Our El Paso Gun Accident Lawyers
A lawsuit may be brought against the gun owner, the person responsible for the shooting, the facility where the accidental shooting occurred, and the gun manufacturer, depending on the circumstances.
An El Paso personal injury attorney can help you determine from whom you should seek compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can also help advocate for you while you are recovering from your injuries.
Our El Paso gun injury attorneys can help you sort out the details of your case. Call us at (800) 863-5312 to speak with a lawyer 100% free. You pay absolutely nothing unless we win. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.