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Operating firearms is inherently dangerous. Often, only intentional acts of violence involving firearms get news coverage. But the reality is that firearms are more likely to be involved in accidental or unintentional shootings. Accidental shooting lawyers in Las Cruces are ready and willing to hold negligent parties accountable and seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Suffering from a gunshot wound can be quite traumatizing, especially if recovery burdens the family financially, as well. Furthermore, the effects of an accidental shooting go beyond the victim’s physical body and take an emotional and mental toll as well. They may be permanently scarred from the incident, and by extension no longer be able to perform their job or as part of their family.
What to do after being victim to an accidental shooting
If you were involved in an accidental shooting, there are a few steps you need to take to mitigate the damage and save your or your loved one’s life:
1. Seek medical attention (if necessary) and document your injuries.
If you have been the victim of an accidental firearm discharge, your gunshot wound should be addressed immediately by a medical professional. Additionally, you should contact Las Cruces law enforcement to ensure that all events preceding the incident are accurately accounted for, and any criminal liability is attributed to the correct party. Once you are in a stable condition, then it is time to call an experienced injury attorney.
When you are the victim of someone shooting accidentally, it may be one of the most traumatizing events in your life. Accidental shooting injuries are life-threatening and typically have a lengthy recovery period.
2. Contact your loved ones and people who depend on you.
After receiving the proper medical attention, the next step is to contact your loved ones and inform them of your condition. This step is critical, as you will likely have endured serious injuries and will need their support.
Beyond your loved ones, contact all others who depend on you, such as your employer. To this point, it is important to explore what options are available to you in terms of workers’ compensation, and any assistance your employer may be able to provide.
3. Contact an accidental shooting lawyer in Las Cruces.
Once you contact a personal injury lawyer from Zinda Law Group, we will begin working to ensure that any potential evidence is captured. Doing so will enable us to assess the viability of your claim and determine from a civil liability standpoint who needs to be held accountable.
For a free legal consultation with a accidental shooting lawyer serving Las Cruces, call 800-863-5312
Civil Liability for an accidental shooting
After being victim to an accidental shooting and you begin recovering from your injuries, you may think to yourself, “How can I find an injury lawyer near me?” If this is the case, your second thought is most likely, “Can I even sue the person who shot me, even though there is an ongoing criminal investigation?”
The answer to the first question is that ZLG accidental shooting lawyers are experienced in this area of law and have a team of attorneys ready to assist you in the Las Cruces area. The answer to the second question is that even if there was a violation of a criminal statute, this does not preclude a personal injury lawyer from filing a civil claim on your behalf.
Make no mistake, the penalties stemming from any criminal investigation will still be on the table, but this does not mean that the person responsible for your injury will be safe from civil liability. During the period of your recovery, you may be unable to work, lose wages, and as a result, be unable to make your ordinary fiscal contributions to your family. Having a personal injury lawyer initiate a civil lawsuit on your behalf is the first step in holding the negligent party accountable and attaining financial recovery.
Civil liability is different from criminal liability in that it seeks to make the individual whole. Essentially, civil liability seeks to protect the individual victim, whereas criminal liability seeks to protect society. Protection for the individual in the civil liability context means restoring them financially.
Criminal penalties being enforced for an accidental shooting does not preclude a civil liability suit from being filed. Do not be misled or convinced otherwise. A personal injury lawyer with integrity will work tirelessly to make sure that your rights are protected.