When a firearm discharge accident occurs, it can leave someone seriously injured and struggling to know what to do next. It can impact everything from your physical and mental health to your financial stability. But no matter the specifics of your accident, you do have rights. Getting back on your feet financially and physically after an accident is possible, and easier if you have the right help.
Common Firearm Discharge Accident Causes
- Improper handling
- Improper maintenance or adjustments
- Poor workmanship
- Unsecured Firearms
- Unsupervised Minors
The majority of these issues come from improper handling. It may be someone with little experience ‘playing around’ with a firearm and shooting a friend, or someone who has training but who overlooks a safety step and accidentally discharges the gun, for example. But no matter what the specific cause might be, the outcome is the same – someone is injured or even killed, and moving on afterwards can be complex and difficult.
Heavy Costs of Gun Accidents
The immediate repercussions of a firearm discharge accident are obvious. Serious personal injury and even death can occur. Those injuries can take time to recover from, and will be a big challenge not only physically, but financially.
Some of the costs include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Long term care costs
- Loss of income entirely
If the person who is injured is killed or permanently disabled, they and their families lose an entire lifetime of income. Even this future potential earning is a cost of the accident, and as such it should be considered when working to get a settlement from a personal injury lawsuit.
But the other side often tries to avoid giving you a dime, bullying you around and offering less than you’re owed to try to save themselves money – even as you struggle to make your bills and stay positive.
Can You Seek Compensation?
In order to seek compensation for your injuries, you have to show that the person who injured you was acting in a negligent or reckless manner. Improper handling is a good example of this, but even a store owner who hands you a weapon that is unloaded but that ends up being loaded could also be an example of a negligent individual.
The key is showing that someone else acted in a way that any reasonable person would have considered negligent or reckless. With firearm accidents you’ll need to prove that their actions directly led to the discharge of the firearm and the injury you sustained from it.
If you can prove this negligence, you’ll be able to start taking steps towards getting the compensation you’re owed and moving on after an accident. It’s not always easy, but with the help of our legal team you will be able to get the restitution you deserve.
What Can You Do?
Once you reach out to our legal team, we take over all the hard work for you. That doesn’t mean that you can’t lend a hand, however. There are several steps to keep in mind after your accident that can make it easier for your lawyer to prove that you’re owed compensation.
These include: Keep a record of everything including lost hours at work and medical bills Visit your doctor as they recommend
Don’t negotiate or talk to representatives from the other side – always direct them to your lawyer Be honest. Our team has decades of experience, but if you’re not honest with us you’ll end up making our job harder Listen. Our team is here to help you get the compensation you are owed. Be sure that you listen to our advice and follow it.
Relax. With us on your side, you’ll have the best legal team in Florida working to get you what you’re owed. You can relax and focus on healing instead of money worries.
Our lawyers have decades of experience in helping those who are hurt get back on their feet after an accident. No matter the specifics of your case, if you were hurt in a firearm accident by the recklessness of someone else, we can help.
Contact us today to set up your free initial consultation and learn more about your rights and what options you have available. We’ll make sure you get the restitution you deserve and ensure you can move on financially after an accident. It’s a long road to financial recovery, but we will be here to walk it with you.