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A Firearm Discharge Accident Can Have Devastating Consequences

Many households across the country have firearms, and why wouldn’t they? It is a person’s right to bear arms, and the weapons can provide family members with a sense of security and peace of mind. Then again, others strictly use rifles or shotguns for hunting. Florida is an ideal location for this activity, as hunters can bag whitetail deer, turkey, wild hogs, and more at different times of the year.

Regardless of why Floridians have firearms, it is of the utmost importance that they keep them put up and locked away while not in use. Additionally, taking a gun safety course can prove to be beneficial, as well. After all, nobody wants to be held liable for an accident. Aside from the compensation standpoint, having that guilt on their chest for the rest of their life will not be pleasant.

Unfortunately, firearm discharge accidents do happen, though, and they are anything but kind. A person can lose his or her life during the event, sustain injuries that require surgery to repair, or obtain damages that cannot be fixed. Common causes behind these incidents include but are not limited to…

• Improper Handling
• Unsupervised Minors
• Incorrect Maintenance/Adjustments
• Unsecured Firearms
• Poor Workmanship

An individual with no training playing around with a gun may be behind the episode. Then again, it might be a person with experience that skips over a safety step. The list can go on and on and on. No matter the specific cause, the result will be the same, a victim will be hurt or lose their life.

In Either Case, Financial Hardships Can Arise

When an individual becomes injured by another person’s firearm negligence, he or she will probably have medical bills and medications to buy. Also, regular expenses like mortgage payments, utilities, and car notes may begin to pile up as well because of lost wages. Not to mention, there might be long term medical costs too. In other words, with no money coming in, but plenty going out, a victim can empty out their checking/savings accounts in a hurry.

Meanwhile, if the person that loses his or her life in the event is the primary breadwinner for their family, the total loss of income can leave the members in a financial bind. During a period when they are supposed to be grieving, the loved ones will instead be rushing to come up with funds to cover medical and funeral services. Hence, from a money standpoint, things can get out of hand in the blink of an eye.

Consider Contacting A Personal Injury Attorney

You or your family might be entitled to a fair amount of compensation if recklessness or negligence played a role in the firearm discharge accident. Of course, it must be proven that the person using the gun acted in such a way, which is sometimes easier said than done. That is where our personal injury attorneys can help. They will collect valuable pieces of evidence that are needed to prove fault. So, allow us to take care of the legal aspect while you concentrate on more important issues like recovering or mourning.

However, it is notable to mention that you should avoid speaking with any representatives while the case is pending. If the agents want to negotiate or discuss something, direct them to contact us. We will fight on your behalf and see the matter through to the end.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

A Firearm Discharge Accident Can Have Devastating Consequences

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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