When a weapon accidentally discharges, it can be a terrifying event. Some accidental discharges do not harm anyone but some can seriously and even fatally injure those who come in contact with discharged ammunition. In the event of a firearm accident, victims and their families can become overwhelmed with questions about how this tragedy could have possibly occurred.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to an accidental discharge and other kinds of firearm accidents. Often, firearms are in some way defective. In cases like this, the firearm is somehow manufactured or otherwise handled in such a way that it fails to perform as intended. Victims of defective firearms can often hold manufacturers or other interested parties accountable for any harm caused as a result of the defect.
In addition, individuals can accidentally discharge their weapons and cause harmful accidents. Oftentimes these cases involve children, inexperienced firearm handlers and individuals who have mistaken the victim for an innocuous target. In these situations, victims can often hold the individual responsible for the accidental harm accountable for it.
Especially because firearm accident injuries can be devastating enough to require long term medical care, it is important for victims to seek redress in court when necessary and appropriate. Failure to secure rightful compensation can lead to a lifetime of overwhelming medical bills that would otherwise be taken care of. If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of a firearm accident, please consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate your legal options.