A shooting injury poses a great risk to unsuspecting victims. Victims can suffer serious to fatal gunshot wounds due to an accidental shooting or gun crime. Sadly, accidental shootings often involve children.
If you or a loved one has a serious injury from a shooting incident, contact the Augusta, Georgia shooting injury attorneys at Nicholson Revell LLP. We have experience bringing civil actions against defendants and responsible parties for shooting injuries. Call (706) 722-8784 today for a free consultation.
At Nicholson Revell LLP, our personal injury lawyers help clients bring claims for all types of shooting incidents that cause serious injuries. We have experience in many areas of personal injury law, including premises liability, product liability and negligence, or recklessness. We can help you seek justice if another person or entity wrongfully or mistakenly shot you.
As a lawful visitor or invited guest on someone else’s property, you have the right to expect a reasonable degree of care. The property owner will have a legal obligation to keep you safe from foreseeable crimes, including gun crimes. If the neighborhood or building has a history of violent crime, the property owner has a duty to implement security measures to prevent foreseeable injury risks.
If the property owner was careless in fulfilling this duty, such as by failing to hire security guards in an area with a high crime rate, and you were injured in a shooting as a result, the owner may be responsible for your injuries and losses. This is what is known as a negligent security claim in Georgia.
Some shooting injuries in Georgia arise due to product defects with the firearm. A defectively designed or manufactured firearm could fire off a round without someone pulling the trigger, for example, or could backfire and injure the user. Defective gun manufacturing can cause serious and fatal injuries. If you were injured in a shooting due to a defective firearm, the manufacturer may be legally responsible.
If your Augusta, Georgia shooting injury occurred due to someone being careless or reckless with a firearm, such as an intoxicated person discharging a gun on a hunting trip, you can seek compensation through that party’s insurance provider. The shooter’s homeowners insurance policy might provide coverage through its liability portion. If the shooting was intentional, however, homeowners insurance will not cover damages.
If you or a loved one was shot by a police officer during an arrest or altercation in Augusta, you may have grounds to file a civil claim. Police officers in Georgia can only use deadly force when it is justifiable. An attorney can help you determine and prove whether the shooting was justifiable or an example of excessive use of force. If it is the latter, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, financial expenses, and pain and suffering from the police force.
If you have been injured due to gun user negligence or recklessness, the improper storage of a handgun, a defective firearm, a stray bullet shot into the air in celebration, police misconduct, a hunting accident, a misfire, or criminal acts in Augusta, Georgia, speak to our attorneys right away. Nicholson Revell LLP has the resources and personnel to help you pursue justice and financial compensation for your losses. Contact us today to request a free consultation at our local law office.