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Which Law Firm Handles Injuries Caused By Defective Guns and Firearms?
Just because a gun or firearm goes off, doesn’t necessarily mean that someone pulled the trigger.
Unfortunately, due to oversight or negligence, defective guns, firearms, and ammunition make their way to distributors, retailers, and responsible gun owners. No matter how many safety precautions are taken, a defective product like a gun or firearm has the ability to cause devasting and catastrophic personal injury.
The attorneys at Schiffman Firm focus on handling cases involving defective and dangerous products – especially guns and firearms. Our team has a wealth of personal experience with firearms and this knowledge allows us easily navigate and find the most direct path in pursuing a hunting or firearm-related product liability claim. By taking the time to listen to your case and explaining the legal process, our lawyers will be able to prepare you on what to expect from start to finish.
With over 100 years of combined legal experience and delivering results on defective product claims, Schiffman Firm can overcome any obstacle in a firearm or hunting injury lawsuit – ensuring that nothing stands between you and fair recovery. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You don’t pay for our services unless we win your case.
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Original Owners, Manufacturers, Retailers
Who Is Liable When A Defective Gun or Firearm Injures Someone?
When a person is injured by a defective firearm or gun there are multiple avenues to pursue in product liability (Read: What is product liability?) case to ensure the proper damages and compensation are awarded to the victim.
Through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution (including mediation), or by trial – the attorneys at Schiffman Firm help gun and hunting accident victims to assert their legal rights against negligent defendants and irresponsible manufacturers to obtain full compensation for their injuries and other losses.
Liable Parties in Defective Guns and Firearm Accidents Can Include:
- The operator of the gun
- Gun manufacturers
- Firearm retailer
- Gun or homeowners who may show negligence in improperly storing and securing the firearm
Barrel Explosions, Slippery Grips, Defective Ammuntion
What Are Some Common Causes Of Gun and Firearm Accidents?
No matter the number of precautions that are taken, firearms are inherently dangerous.
A responsible owner should receive basic training on how to safely operate a handgun, rifle, shotgun and know how to safely store their firearms. However, unforeseen manufacturer defects and flaws can make any firearm unpredictable and dangerous to use.
The attorneys at Schiffman Firm have vast personal experience and working knowledge of all types of firearms. This expertise helps us take the right path in pursuing a hunting or firearm-related personal injury and product liability claim. If you choose to have our Pittsburgh-based law firm represent you in connection with a defective gun or firearm accident, we will take time to explain the legal issues and how to navigate the upcoming processes by preparing you on what to expect. Our legal team will maintain close contact with you from start to finish.
With more than 100 years of combined experience, top investigative and expert resources, creativity, and a focus on results – our attorneys will overcome any obstacles that stand between you and fair recovery.
Contact our team today for a free evaluation of your case.
Causes for Gun, Firearm, and Hunting Accidents Can Include:
- Defective and faulty safeties
- Defective and faulty triggers
- Defective bolt action
- Slippery grips
- Ammo defects that cause explosions leading to burn injuries
- Handgun misfires
- Unsafe premises due to improper storage
- Defective hunting bows (Bow types include: compound bows, recurve bows, longbows, and crossbows)
- Arrow defects
- Defective treestand that collapses or falls
- Bystander injuries (hunters, nonhunters, adults, and children)
- Operator and/or owner negligence
Frequently Asked Questions
What Do I Do After Defective Gun Or Firearm Accident?
1. Seek Proper Medical Attention
First and foremost, if you are injured you’ll want to seek proper medical attention and alert emergency services. After treatment has been received make sure to follow all doctors’ orders to ensure your overall wellness.
2. Document the Accident
In order to properly represent your case, a personal injury attorney will need an idea of what happened with physical evidence to back your claims up.
This means keeping all of your documents and the important pieces pertaining to your personal injury claim in a well-organized file. The type of information that can benefit your case and speed up the legal process would include:
- Photos of your injuries
- Medical reports detailing the treatment that was sought and provided
- Contact information for any witnesses to the accident
- Pictures of the firearm that caused the injury
- Photos of the location where the accident occurred
- Notes, photos, and documentation of any other damage that occurred from the gun or firearm in question
3. File a Police Report
In most gunshot incidents, especially after medical services have been alerted – the police should be involved. If for any reason a police report of your incident does not get filed, contact the proper authorities and have one filed on your own. Having this report is crucial in representing your case.
4. Document and Organize All of Your Expenses
Any accident can be expensive, especially once doctors, hospitals, and medical services are involved.
Some injuries sustained may force you into physical rehabilitation programs and even require you to take time off of work. All of this can add up very quickly over time and these are costs you shouldn’t have to bear if the accident was not your fault. Be sure to keep track of all related expenses including:
- All hospital and doctor bills related to your accident and injury
- Any costs that went to physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Miscellaneous medical costs like chiropractor bills, medical equipment, and dental bills
- If you had to miss work, document the amount of time that was missed due to your injuries
5. Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm or Attorney
Though this ends up last on our list, you can (and should) do this at any point after receiving medical attention.
Contact a personal injury attorney or law firm for guidance on the steps you should take and a review of your current case. If any insurance companies contact you be sure to obtain proper legal representation before speaking to them. A personal injury attorney should act as your liaison between all communications with insurance companies – they will ensure that anything you say cannot be used against you.
If you’ve been injured by a defective firearm or an accidental shooting, the attorneys at Schiffman Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania can help. Our team has handled thousands of personal injury cases, including representing victims of gun and firearm accidents. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation and review of your case.
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