All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.
Do I have a firearm case even if it was an accident?
Any person who sustains a firearm injury or death because of another party’s negligent conduct, or because of a defectively designed/manufactured gun may be entitled to compensation.
“Many gun owners are responsible and know how to operate their weapons properly, but unfortunately, there are many gun owners who (1) do not know how to use them, (2) do not understand the real danger of operating a gun, and (3) do not adequately keep their firearms out of the hands of others, especially children. Accidental gun injuries and deaths can happen in a variety of situations, with common causes including, among others, the following:
- Children playing with a loaded gun that accidentally discharges;
- Hunting accidents;
- Gun owner assuming his/her gun is not loaded, and pulls the trigger without checking the chamber;
- Gun discharges while the owner is cleaning the gun;
- Homeowner discharges gun when he/she thinks someone is breaking into the home, and it turns out the alleged burglar is a family member;
- The defective nature of a gun causes the gun to discharge on its own; and
- Accidents caused by negligent police officers or private security personnel.
Any person who sustains a firearm injury or death because of another party’s negligent conduct, or because of a defectively designed/manufactured gun may be entitled to compensation. Lawsuits provide one avenue to hold irresponsible gun owners accountable and to promote a culture of gun safety. While injuries and deaths cannot be undone, positive change can happen to prevent similar firearm injuries and deaths in the future.”