Consult Our Team of Gun Accident Attorneys to Help You With Your Case
Accidents involving guns happen more often than people realize. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our Nashville accidental shooting lawyers know how to handle the unique challenges of these cases. Our firm believes that victims of gun accidents deserve to be compensated for their injuries and any damages.
According to an article by The Guardian, “The US is home to 88 guns for every 100 people and sees mass shootings at more than 11 times the rate of any developed country.” The more gun owners there are in the U.S., the higher the chances are for accidents to occur. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a shooting accident, you may have a chance to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for any damages and injuries.
In May 2017, an article posted by the Tennessean reported the story of two young boys under the age of five that had accidentally killed themselves after picking up a handgun that was left out by one of their parents.
Shooting accidents are common and can quickly result in death. Gun injuries can range from ballistic trauma, also known as a gunshot wound, to severe bleeding which could cause hypovolemic shock or a low amount of blood volume to the central nervous system. When you are a victim of a shooting accident, our attorneys are ready to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Most Common Causes of Shooting Accidents
The legal staff at Mitch Grissim & Associates understands how devastating and life-altering gun injuries can be not only for the victim but for their entire family. Throughout the years, there has been an increasing amount of gun-related injuries and deaths across the country. The most common causes of shooting accidents include the following:
Failure to warn others
Failure to lock trigger
Alcohol-related gun shootings
Drug-related gun shootings
Defective firearm design
The severity of the injuries you have suffered is one factor in determining the type of compensation you may receive. In some cases, injuries could require months of treatment or lead to permanent disability. Compensation can help cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress. Our Nashville lawyers know the laws surrounding accidents involving guns, and we will use our experience and knowledge to fight for the right compensation you or your loved one deserve.
Gun Safety Tips
Accidents involving firearms can occur due to someone’s negligent acts while handling a firearm. Even if it’s an accident, the individual holding the weapon can still be held liable for the damages and injuries. Safety should be the top priority when handling a gun. The Firearms Industry Trade Association shared 10 rules for firearm safety that could result in fewer gun accidents:
Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
Firearms should be unloaded when not in use
Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”
Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it
Use correct ammunition
If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care
Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting
Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting
Don’t alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly
Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using
For more information about proper safety procedures for gun handling, check out their website at www.nsst.org. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries due to an accident with a gun, you need one of our accidental shooting lawyers to assist you.
Keeping Kids Safe from Firearm Injuries
Unfortunately, accidental shootings happen often amongst children. Michigan Health shared, “Firearm-related injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children. Nearly 1.7 million children in the U.S. live in a home with a loaded unlocked firearm.” These types of injuries could be prevented if proper safety procedures are enforced. Michigan Health also shared these tips to help protect children:
Eliminate accessibility to guns.
Store all firearms in a locked cabinet. The keys should be kept in a location where kids are unable to access them.
Don’t just assume the weapon is in the best hiding spot. Pick a place you can guarantee they will never look.
Before dropping your child off at another person’s home, ask if there are guns in the house. If so, ensure they are safely put away.
It’s not only essential to keep adults safe, but firearm injuries are the second cause of death for children. If one actively pursues these tips, it could help save the life of a child. Our lawyers want all citizens including children to be safe and not suffer because of someone’s negligent actions.
Nashville Attorneys Who Care
At Mitch Grissim & Associates, we pride ourselves on our excellent reputation within the community, and we will continue to strive for excellence with every client that walks through our office door. At our firm, you can expect a team that is attentive and detail oriented. We know every detail matters in injury cases and we are ready to evaluate the details of your case.
Our clients receive top service and stay informed throughout their cases. If you have any questions during the process, you are welcome to call our office because we want you to feel confident about your case.
No one deserves to suffer physically or financially from injuries that resulted from someone else’s careless actions. We want to see you return to your life as quickly as possible and focus on recovering while we handle your case.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to an accidental shooting, call our lawyers at (615) 255-9999 or fill out our free consultation form. We look forward to helping you with your case.
If you were involved in an accidental shooting accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. Your health should always be the first priority. Also, make sure to inform the police, so a report can be filed. Lastly, collect the contact information of the shooter and any witnesses, if possible.
Accidental shooting claims can be challenging to file, especially when determining who is liable. With an attorney on your side, you don’t have to handle the legal system alone. In order to build the strongest case possible and increase your chances of obtaining compensation, it’s in your best interest to speak with an attorney who is experienced in handling accidental shooting cases.