Miami Accidental Shooting Lawyer
Representing Gun Vicitims in Maimi-Dade County
We often hear about gun violence and shooting accidents frequently on the news. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a person is killed every 15 minutes by gunfire, much of it due to careless handling or storing of firearms. When someone is injured or killed in an entirely preventable accident, it can be devastating.
If you or a family member has been shot or suffered fatal injuries by an accidental shooting, Mitchell & West LLC can help you recover compensation and seek justice. We can evaluate your claim and fight for a full and fair recovery that includes medical bills, missed wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Common Gun Injury Accidents
Some common gun injury accidents occur from:
- Handing a gun to another person
- Using a gun while drinking alcohol or using drugs
- Defective gun safety features or design flaws
- Accidents at firing ranges
- Hunting accidents
- Children accidentally firing guns
- Accidentally firing a gun while cleaning it
Who is Liable in a Shooting Accident?
Owning a gun is a right that comes with great responsibility. Gun owners must safely store their guns and ensure that others, especially children, cannot access them. Owners of firearms must also use their guns responsibly, or they can be held liable for injuries and deaths.
Civil liability can fall on one or more of the following
- The gun owner
- The owner of the property (negligent security and supervision)
- The gun manufacturer if the accident was caused by a defect (product liability)
What is the Statute of Limitations for an Accidental Shooting Case in Florida?
In Florida, the statute of limitations for a shooting or other personal injury case related to an accident is four years. This means that any legal action relating to the accident must be brought within four years of the date of the incident; if not, you will be unable to seek compensation in court. However, this rule has some exceptions, such as when the victim was a minor at the time of the incident. In this case, there may be an extension of the statute of limitations period. Additionally, if you are filing a claim against a government agency or entity for your injury, you must act quickly; claims against such organizations and entities in Florida must be filed within three years of the incident.
What damages can be recovered in an Accidental Shooting Case?
In an Accidental Shooting Case, damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, wrongful death damages, disfigurement, and disability. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, punitive damages may also be sought to punish the at-fault party for any gross negligence or intentional acts. If an accidental gun shooting has wrongfully killed a loved one, the surviving family may be able to seek compensation for funeral and burial expenses, as well as loss of companionship or consortium. Additionally, if the victim was a minor at the time of the incident, the family may be able to seek compensation for the loss of future earnings.
Additionally, depending on the nature of the incident, other damages may be recoverable, such as court costs and attorney fees.
Contact Our Miami Accidental Shooting Attorney Today
Mitchell & West LLC and our team of experienced personal injury attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience representing clients across Miami. We can help you investigate your liability claim, gather evidence, and make sure that insurance companies do not take advantage of you. Our attorneys work hard to help you move forward with the highest settlement possible.
Contact Mitchell & West LLC today to schedule a consultation with our accidental shooting lawyer in Miami!
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