The 2nd Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms, but many people use this right irresponsibly. Accidental shootings injure and kill people every day. These victims and their families can seek compensation for what they’ve suffered when irresponsible people cause an accidental shooting.
Turn to Zinda Law Group to learn how you can get justice after you’ve suffered an accidental shooting. Someone put your life at risk by mishandling a firearm. Hold them accountable with our help and get compensation to pay for your injuries.
What Are Causes of Accidental Shootings
When our Denver personal injury attorneys learn the story of someone’s accidental shooting, one thing they’ll need to discover is the cause. We must prove that the shooter acted negligently, or that there was a malfunction caused by the manufacturer, to win your case. Some causes we’ve seen include:
Lack of Experience
Buying a firearm in Denver is simple. Learning how to use it and care for it is not. Responsible owners take safety classes and follow steps to avoid an accidental discharge that can kill someone. Many gun accidents happen because people don’t know how to handle a gun safely or choose to break the rules.
Accidental shootings can happen when people gain access to guns that aren’t theirs that are still loaded. Children die every year because they grab a gun out of a nightstand that’s loaded and accidentally shoot someone. Gun owners who store their weapons unsafely could be held liable for accidents.
Intoxication from any drug can reduce your ability to make smart decisions. It is not an excuse against a civil lawsuit. Mixing intoxicants and firearms is a recipe to get someone hurt or killed in an accidental shooting.
If someone intoxicated shot you, we’re sure our accidental shooting lawyers in Dever can help you win your case. Intoxication is a clear cause for negligence.
All firearms should be treated as if they were loaded and never pointed at a person unless you intend to pull the trigger. Yet people can get lazy and do things like rest their fingers on or near the trigger or don’t check the chamber before they clean a weapon. This can create an accidental discharge.
For a free legal consultation with a accidental shooting lawyer serving Denver, call 800-863-5312
What Should I Do After I’ve Been Shot?
We assume if you’re reading this that you have already seen a doctor to care for the wound. If your wound was minor and you’ve waited, see a doctor right away! It’s not just for your health. The longer you wait, the easier it will be for insurers to claim that something else caused your injury.
You should also contact the police after you’ve received medical care. This creates an official report that will be used as evidence for your claim. Doing it as soon as possible keeps your memory fresh. Law enforcement may also arrest the owner if they broke the law, but this will not interfere with your civil claim.
If you can, take photos of your injuries, where the shooting happened, and the firearm. Also notify any place of business where you were shot, like a shooting range. If there were any witnesses, ask if they will give a statement later and take down their contact information.
Finally, contact our Denver accidental shooting attorneys to learn your legal options. Shooting victims could receive cash for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. We can help you get justice and compensation for what happened to you. See our results page to learn more.
Accidental Shooting in Denver lawyers near me 800-863-5312
Who Could Be Held Liable in My Accidental Shooting Claim?
Besides knowing how you were shot and what your injuries were, we have to discover who is liable for the shooting to win your case. There are four parties that could hold responsibility. Some cases may have multiple parties you can sue. They are:
The most obvious party is the person who held the gun at the time of the shooting.They had control of the weapon. Whoever had the weapon at the time of the injury will be liable for what happened except in rare circumstances.
Gun owners can also be negligent if they let someone who shouldn’t have a firearm get ahold of one. It’s not just access by minors either. If an owner lends a gun to someone who doesn’t have proper training, has a history of mishandling firearms, or isn’t permitted to carry a firearm, you can hold the owner negligent.
In rare cases, a gun manufacturer may have created a gun design that’s flawed or made an error in the manufacturing process. These could make them liable for the harm caused in an accidental shooting.
They’re also required to warn customers about the dangers of their products and give instructions on how to use them safely. If these weren’t there with the manuals that came with the weapon, they could be held liable for failing to warn you.
If you’re a property owner and you allow a firearm on your property, you could be held liable for a shooting if you don’t keep your guests safe. Shooting ranges and hunting lodges must provide ways for gun owners to store weapons, shoot them safely, and keep irresponsible people from mishandling them.
Contact Zinda Law Group Now
We must hold people who commit accidental shootings accountable so they never do it again. Denver’s criminal justice system will have their say, but you can also get justice by making an insurance claim or filing a civil lawsuit.
To see how we can help you and to learn your legal options, contact Zinda Law Group right now at the number on your screen or visit one of our locations. All consultations are free and without obligation, and our services are free unless we help you win compensation.