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What If You Are Injured By Another Civilian In A Robbery?

It’s not a situation anyone would want to be in, but cities like Miami have already played host to criminal activities that have resulted in spectacular gun battles between criminals, police and even ordinary citizens. Fortunately, this type of dangerous activity is far from an everyday occurrence, but America is a country where guns are freely accessible and that means both good and bad people can use them, and even good people can make mistakes.

So what happens, for example, if you are caught in a situation such as a bank, a gas station, convenience store, or even night club where shooting breaks out because of a theft attempt? What if you, as a bystander, get shot not by the criminals, but either by security, or even other citizens that are attempting to defend themselves or neutralize the threat by firing into the crowd you are a part of?

Negligence From Chaos

Florida is a state where private citizens, if they possess the correct license, can carry concealed firearms, and even briefly show them in public, provided it is not done in a threatening manner. This means that at any given instance in a public space such as a bar, or even a grocery store, there may be other people there that are carrying firearms, and are prepared to respond quickly and violently to any criminal activity that takes place.

If a robbery were to occur in such a space, with multiple people carrying firearms, and someone decides to prevent the theft from occurring by opening fire, this affects not just the criminals, but everyone in the space. In the panic situation of criminals and citizens shooting at each other, the “rules of the shooting range” don’t apply. Ordinary citizens may just open fire, even if there members of the public in the line of fire, such as if people are fleeing the scene behind a criminal. If a citizen with a gun shoots and misses the criminal in front of him, there’s a chance that the people behind the criminal may get shot instead.

Circumstances & Responsibility

This is where things become extremely complicated. Obviously, if you, as a member of the public, are shot through no fault of your own, it is unfair to expect you to pay for your own medical treatment. If the injury is actually debilitating, resulting in a lifelong injury such as crippled mobility, paralysis, or some other permanent disability, this can have a profound, negative impact on your life.

In such a case, you should seek the help of a personal injury lawyer as soon as is possible. It will take a very careful investigation to determine how much culpability is involved. Obviously everyone has the right to defend themselves, and if someone is properly licensed to carry a firearm, there’s no dispute about the ownership of the weapon itself. In the event of a criminal act, such as a robbery, it’s well within a person’s right to defend themselves if a criminal produces a firearm, or threatens violence.

However, if the discharge of a firearm results in an innocent getting shot and injured, this is where lawyers, judges and a jury must tread more carefully. You will need to help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to find out exactly what your legal options are.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

What If You Are Injured By Another Civilian In A Robbery?

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