What to Do if You’re Injured in a Gun Accident

Personal Injury Lawyer

Gun injuries occur more often than one would think, and often leave behind tragedy. If you have been injured through no fault of your own or have a family member recently made a victim from a gun accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation in a court of law. Depending on the situation, you may be able to seek compensation from those responsible. The gun owner, the shooter, the manufacturer – each may be held liable for the injury.

Medical bills are only one factor that call for financial recovery. Even with decent insurance, out of pocket medical expenses, out of network doctors, and medications can be outrageous. You or your loved one may not be able to return to work – income that your household relies on. Medical bills plus lost wages can become overwhelming very quickly. Make sue you contact your gun accident attorney to handle your personal injury claim. Your attorney will advise you what steps to take, and what other expenses you may file for, including funeral expenses and pain and suffering of your self and the injured. 

Prior to court, you will need to take stock and gather all of the information you can regarding the accident. Create a list of who was there, who lived at the location, the time of day, and if there were witnesses or others injured. Those that were there at the scene should write their experience while the memory is still fresh. Your attorney may call them later to be witnesses in your gun injury case. Additionally, you will need to find out who owns the gun used and the property the accident occurred upon. Both the owner and the homeowner’s insurance policy may be sued for damages. 

If there are recordings of the incident, make sure those are secured and not accidentally lost or deleted. If in a retail area, the stores may have multiple security cameras set at different angles that you may request for your suit. If the storeowner is hesitant to hand over the video, you may have success contacting the police for assistance. At most, if anyone refuses to hand over information, your accident attorney can request release with a subpoena from the court. 

Keep track of all medical bills, and keep photocopies of the injury site and its progressive healing. You may also wat to keep a journal of what your days are like after the accident, to log both pain and suffering, but also to show the change in your ability to work and enjoy life. With medical diagnosis, organized bills and your personal journal, you will have the necessary evidence to show the impact of the injury. With your evidence, a personal witness/video, and your lawyer will help you be well prepared for a successful injury compensation suit.