If you have been harmed in an accident involving a gun, you already know how scary it can be. Guns are powerful machines and an error, whether human or mechanical, can result in serious injury or death.
Many gun-related accidents occur because of user error or recklessness. In such cases, the person who made the mistakes that led to your injuries is almost always liable. However, there are some cases in which gun accidents are made unavoidable, no matter how much caution is used. When one of the parties responsible for designing, building, selling, inspecting, or otherwise ensuring the quality and safety of a gun fails to do so before it lands in a purchaser’s palm, serious accidents can befall the consumer.
If you have been harmed in an accident involving a defective gun, call an experienced product liability attorney today at (214) 739-0100.
Gun Malfunction Injuries and Damages
When a gun is not made properly, it may result in dangerous malfunctions and could backfire, go off while the safety is on, experience a squib load, or explode unexpectedly while in use. These accidents often lead to painful injuries, such as:
- Penetrative injuries from bullets or shrapnel
- Burns and scarring
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Damaged tissues and internal organs
Any of the above-mentioned injuries will likely land you in the hospital. Even if a bullet only grazes the surface of the body, it can do serious harm to the skin and tissues underneath. If a bullet penetrates any part of the body, it can be deadly and result in life-threatening injuries that may require surgery, long-term rehabilitation, and many other costly remedies. Without any assistance, victims in gun malfunction incidents will likely experience massive financial losses and unexpected medical expenses.
Who Is Responsible When a Gun Malfunctions?
Because there are a number of people involved in the process of creating, advertising, and selling a gun, there are a number of potentially liable parties when a gun malfunctions and hurts someone:
- Designer: If a gun accident occurs because of a malfunction, it may be because there is a flaw in the design, which case the person or company responsible for coming up with the structure of the gun may be liable for your damages.
- Manufacturer: If you were hurt because of a gun accident stemming from a faulty part or mechanical failure, the manufacturer may be liable in your case. The manufacturer may also be liable if the gun did not come with sufficient warnings and information about the workings of that specific firearm and that contributed to your accident.
You don’t have to know exactly who is responsible for the damage you have suffered in order to begin taking legal action. After you have been hurt in an accident involving a firearm, seek medical attention immediately. Begin keeping a log of all expenses related to your injury, including lost wages and all time spent out of work, as these also factor into your total damages. Then, after you have received the care you need, get in touch with an experienced product liability attorney in Dallas.
Mathias Raphael PLLC Accident & Injury Lawyers Is Committed to Helping You Reach Justice in Your Product Liability Case
It is easy for companies and manufacturers to forget that their negligence can cause severe harm and deadly injury to their consumers. When they fail to exercise an appropriate level of caution and you are hurt as a result, they should be held accountable—and we are here to help you make it happen. At Mathias Raphael PLLC Accident & Injury Lawyers, we believe in sticking up for average people and giving them a voice, even when it means going up against corporations and other intimidating forces.
Our product liability lawyers have your back. Call (214) 739-0100 today or send us a message to schedule your initial consultation with a member of our team today.