A man who was shot by a Remington rifle while sitting on the toilet has decided to file a suit against the gun manufacturer. The man, who was in a hunting club at the time of the accident, filed the products liability suit after the rifle accidentally discharged while in the hands of a friend. That accident happened about two years ago, in October 2010.
Not surprisingly, the gun in question was a Remington 700 rifle, a model that has been heavily scrutinized for its bolt-action misfires. The suit alleges that Remington knew about the potential problems associated with the gun, but allowed the product to remain on store shelves anyway. This is the same point that has been made by several cases in the state of Montana, where a great deal of research and effort has been applied to discovering cover-ups at the gun company.
According to the complaint, the man was using the restroom in a hunting club as one of his friends was checking to see if his gun was loaded. When that man simply touched the handle of the bolt, the rifle discharged into a nearby wall, shooting through the structure and into the restroom where the man was seated. The victim suffered a severe injury to his thigh, resulting in a wound that stretched nearly from his knee to his abdomen.
Attorneys for the man say he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the accident. The man has nightmares and flashbacks about the incident, which have caused crippling depression that has limited his life activities.
The man is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, as well as current and future medical bills. He said that the disfiguring injury has cost him a significant amount in lost wages, and he has also experienced severe emotional suffering as a result of the accident. Additionally, the man is seeking to reclaim court costs associated with the incident.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Man shot while on toilet sues Remington,” David Yates, Nov. 2, 2012.