Our Attorneys Fight Hard for Maximum Compensation for Victims of Firearm Accidents
We Know What It Takes to Win™ Firearm Injury & Wrongful Death Cases
For over 39 years, Montlick & Associates has fought for justice on behalf of injury victims and families of those who lost loved ones because of the negligent actions of others. With billions of dollars recovered for our clients, Our Experience Pays!™*
If you or a loved one have been injured or harmed in a work accident, call Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, today for your free consultation. Contact us Nationwide, 24/7 at1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your cellphone. You may also visit us at Montlick.com and contact us through our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.**
Firearms Accidents and Injuries
The Second Amendment under the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to own and use firearms. Specific individuals, such as convicted felons, are not afforded second amendment rights. Additionally, state gun control laws (such as mandatory background checks) vary widely. Despite having some laws in place to control the sale, ownership, and use of firearms, many firearms accidents happen daily throughout the United States, causing significant injuries and deaths to innocent victims.
Nationwide Statistics of Gun Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was a total of 39,773 firearm deaths in 2017. While a significant number of these deaths result from intentional criminal conduct, some of these deaths are accidents. Additionally, nearly 70,000 people sustain firearm injuries each year, and this number continues to rise. Because the United States is home to hundreds of millions of firearms, accidents are going to happen. However, many firearm accidents are preventable when gun owners are responsible and keep their guns safely locked away.
Common Causes of Firearms Accidents and Injuries
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.
Except for a defective firearm discharging on its own (which happens more often than many people realize), most gun accidents and deaths are preventable by following necessary steps that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Ensure firearms stored in the home are placed in a locked safe, and out of the reach of children and any visitors;
- Ensure a firearm does not have a bullet in the chamber before putting the gun away;
- Always look in a gun’s chamber more than once even if you believe a bullet is not in the chamber;
- When hunting, be cautious to not shoot without being certain no other hunters or individuals are nearby;
- Never allow children to handle firearms;
- While not mandated by law, if you choose to purchase a firearm, you should undergo safety training to ensure you know how to use the firearm; and
- Stress the importance of gun safety with family members, friends, and other members of your community.
Injuries Resulting from Firearms Accidents
One shot can kill a person in the blink of an eye. Child firearm accidents and deaths are especially disheartening as children do not have a full understanding of what they are doing. Some of the injuries victims sustain in firearm accidents include, among others, the following:
- Excessive bleeding, both externally and internally;
- Damage to internal organs;
- Brain injuries;
- Bullet wounds that result in infection, requiring amputation;
- Broken/shattered bones; and
Bullet wounds create permanent scars. Some victims may recover from a gunshot wound without significant medical intervention, while others may require emergency medical treatment to stay alive. In the most unfortunate situations, the injuries are severe enough to result in death.
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.
Legal Time Deadlines: Act Now to Preserve Your Right to Recover Maximum Compensation
All types of legal claims are subject to “statutes of limitations” or legal time deadlines.
WARNING: Failing to comply with a statute of limitations will permanently bar your right to a recovery, an there are also exceptions that can shorten or even lengthen the deadline!
By way of example only, certain types of claims, such as claims against governmental entities, can have much shorter deadlines than a given state’s applicable statute of limitation. In some cases, a combination of different types of legal claims may exist that involve different time frames, which may be due to multiple defendants and/or even the laws of more than one jurisdiction. Statutes of limitations also vary by state as well as by the types of claims being asserted. For example, a given state may have a different statute of limitations for claims involving personal injury than, say, breach of contract claims.
In addition to legal deadlines, there are other reasons not to delay. For example, many homeowners’ insurance policies contain their own contractual notification deadlines that, if allowed to lapse, can result in a denial of coverage. Additionally, witnesses can eventually forget what happened, and important evidence, such as items at the scene or video footage, can also disappear.
Our personal injury and accident attorneys can examine the facts and circumstances relevant to your case to determine which statutes of limitations (deadlines) apply. We take the required actions to preserve all-important legal deadlines on behalf of our clients.
Montlick & Associates - Fighting Hard & Winning Cases™ since 1984 - Our Promise to You
1. Treat your case as if it were our own.We'll treat you the same way we would want to be treated – as if it were our own case, or the case of a close friend or family member.
2. Protect you from powerful insurance companies.One of the first things the insurance adjuster will typically say is that you do not need an attorney. That's because the insurance company's goal is to pay you as little money as possible. And they know that injured people get substantially more money with an attorney representing them. With over 39 years of experience dealing with insurance companies, we can help you navigate through the insurance company minefields and avoid any traps.
3. Analyze your case at no charge to you.We'll evaluate your situation and advise you how to best protect your rights, at no charge to you. We invite you to call us 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays to request a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Or use our 24/7 online chat right here on our website.
4. Vigorously fight on your behalf in order to obtain all the compensation and benefits you deserve.There's always a lot at stake after a serious injury, and when our clients rely on us for help, we never take that situation lightly. We work extremely hard, and we will always do the right thing when it comes to our clients.
5. Give your case our personal attention.We tell our clients: "We want you to concentrate on getting well. We want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns. We work for you, not the other way around."
6. Promptly return phone calls and keep you informed.We are sure you've heard about professionals who do not return phone calls. Or, perhaps you have spoken to people using other law firms who never knew what was going on with their case. That won't happen with us. We keep our clients well informed of important developments and routinely send copies of correspondence regarding their case.
7. Be there for you when you need us most.When our clients first call us after a serious injury, they're understandably really worried. And we say to them, "You don't have to do this alone." We'll take on the insurance company for you and help you get the money you deserve for your medical treatments, lost wages, car repairs and pain and suffering. That's the kind of help we've been giving for over 39 years.
8. Always treat you with dignity and respect.Our promise is to operate at all times with honesty, integrity, high moral character and unquestionable ethics. And we'll treat you with kindness and give you and your family the dignity and respect that you deserve.
Free Case Review and Consultation to Protect Your Legal Rights
Our attorneys fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. For your Free Consultation contact Montlick & Associates, Nationwide 24/7 at1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. We also can be contacted at Montlick.com where you can submit a Free Case Evaluation Form 24/7 or utilize our 24-Hour Live Chat.
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Sources: https://webappa.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/broker.exe and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4700838/