Pennsylvania Gun Accident Attorneys
Injuries resulting from the accidental discharge of pistols, rifles and guns are almost certain to be physically and emotionally devastating. Unfortunately, not a day goes by anymore without our reading or hearing news reports of injuries and deaths resulting from the mishandling of guns. Personal injury lawyers now routinely represent plaintiffs in cases involving gun accidents.
According to the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the unintentional discharge of firearms injured 75,685 Americans and caused the deaths of 776 others in 2000. More than 40 percent of those injured in a gun accident every year are age 25 and younger. The same holds true in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Tragic gun accidents are caused by misuse and inadequate supervision, and in other cases by defective design, manufacturing defects or other product malfunctions. Juries have held manufacturers liable for the injuries resulting from their defective products and they have held parents responsible for failing to properly safeguard weapons under their custody and control.
As accidents related to guns have become more common over the years, negligence law and strict products liability law provide an avenue for personal injury plaintiffs to pursue a recovery. If you were injured by the discharge of a gun, the chances are high that your injuries are severe. You may be entitled to recover damages for the personal injuries that you have suffered, as well as damage to your property, your medical bills and your pain and suffering. Your relatives may have a claim for the emotional distress that they have endured as a result of a gun accident as well. Haggerty & Silverman’s Lancaster based Gun Accident Attorneys can help you to evaluate your legal options following a gun mishap.
Contact Our Lancaster Gun Accident Lawyers
Please contact us any time of day or night for a free consultation regarding your gun accident claim. To determine whether or not you have a gun accident injury case please complete our online personal injury case form and a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney will contact you promptly. Alternatively, we invite you to call a personal injury attorney at 888.243.4326 for a free consultation. If you have additional questions please utilize the free personal injury information center provided by the American Justice Network.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many gun injuries are there in the United States?
A: Each year an estimated 35,000 people die from gun injuries in the United States. And another 100,000+ are hospitalized from gun injuries.
Q: How many people own guns in the United States?
A: According to multiple sources, the United States has a population of just north of 312 million people. According to firearm manufacturers production data, there are roughly 300 million firearms owned by civilians in the United States (2010 estimate).
Q: How many gun related deaths are a result of unintentional discharge?
A: There are an estimated 1,000 deaths caused by unintentional or accidental discharge each year. The CDC reports that most firearms involved in accidental discharge come from the victim’s home.
Q: How many self-inflicted gun injuries are there each year?
A: Roughly half of all gun-related injury and deaths that occur in homes are self-inflicted.