The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives the people of America the right to bear arms for their personal protection. However, guns are dangerous weapons and we have all heard tragic stories on the news concerning someone who was either injured or killed by a gun accidentally going off. As a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, Mark Anderson has represented victims of accidental gun discharges. Sometimes these incidents are the result of hunting accidents, but many times they involve children or adolescents who are unaware of the dangers and are treating the gun like a toy.
In 2006, the Center for Disease Control reported that there were 2,402 reported accidental gunshot injuries in Texas alone. Additionally, in 2007, the Center for Disease Control found that 78 people were killed as the result of an unintentional gunshot being fired.
No matter whether you own a shotgun, rifle, glock or pistol, surprise gunshot wounds can arise from a variety of scenarios including:
· Improper or negligent gun storage/failure to use a gun safe
· Not removing ammunition from the gun after each use
· Keeping the gun cabinet or locker unlocked
· Alcohol-related gun operation
· Improper gun maintenance such as irregular cleaning of the weapon
· Being unaware of who or what is beyond your range of target
· Improper or inadequate training for people handling the firearm
An accidental gun discharge can cause serious physical harm such as skin fragmentation, muscle tearing, bacterial infection, burst or collapsed organs, brain damage, burns, broken or fractured bones, laceration, abrasion or even death. Penetrating gunshot wounds are when the bullet enters the body does not exit, meaning that the bullet is stuck inside the victim's body. Perforating gunshot wounds are when there is both an entry and exit wound, when the bullet travels through the victim's body. All types of firearm injuries require significant medical injury and in most cases surgery.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accidental gunshot incident, then it is important that you consult with an experienced PI and Wrongful Death attorney. Mark Anderson is a board certified trial lawyer who has been helping personal injury victims and their families get the compensation they deserve since 1991. For advice on your individual situation call the Anderson Law Firm to discuss your rights to understand what compensation you might be entitled to. We offer a free initial consultation and there is no obligation. We also don't charge you a penny unless we win your case. Call toll free at 800-354-6275, or locally in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900, or in Dallas at 214-327-8000. You can also contact us online.
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There is nothing worse than settling a claim too soon because once you settle, it's final. If your conditions worsen after prematurely accepting a settlement then you have no choice but to pay any additional medical bills yourself. Once your case settles, you cannot force the insurance company to also pay for your medical care in the future.