Accidental Gunshots Lawyer in Houston
Shane R. Kadlec is an accidental gunshot attorney in Houston, TX, who can handle cases nationwide after a victim has been accidentally shot. Most victims are unaware of the importance of obtaining legal counsel following an accidental gunshot, but Attorney Kadlec can explain your rights and help negotiate a better settlement. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings from 2005 to 2010. Over one-third of the victims were under 25 years old. If you or a loved one has been affected by an accidental shooting, contact our law office today to discuss your case.
Common Causes of Accidental Gunshots
While every situation is unique, gun accidents are often due to a handful of causes:
State laws vary on gun training requirements, usually based on the type of gun and how a person wants to use the gun. In general, proper training ensures the safety of both the gun owner and those around him or her. If the gun owner never received any training or the training he or she did receive was inadequate, the owner is liable for any injuries that occur.
Poor Gun Range Management
Gun ranges are noisy, crowded places where multiple people are shooting at once. A poorly managed range is more likely to see gun accidents. When injuries occur, the manager or owner of the gun range is typically held liable.
No Parental Supervision
A parent is legally responsible for his or her child. In the event that a child accesses a gun and manages to discharge it, causing injury or death, the parent is liable for the damages the child caused.
Reckless behavior can include:
- Posing with guns
- Aiming them at people or objects
- Firing shots into the air
There is a chance any of these actions can result in accidental injury or death. If the shooter is not the owner of the gun, both the shooter and the owner could be held liable for any injuries. Over 1,300 victims of unintentional gunshots between 2005 and 2010 were under 25 years of age.
Use of Alcohol or Drugs
The use of alcohol and drugs are the leading cause of accidental gunshots and injuries. These mind-altering substances can cause gun owners to act negligently. Owners may fail to engage the safety or think the gun is empty. Alcohol use is also common among hunters, which can also result in accidental shootings.
An accidental discharge can happen almost any time that an owner fails to ensure the gun is empty or the safety is engaged before handling. It can happen while:
- Cleaning the gun
- Transporting the gun
- Carrying it
- Defective Firearms
If a gun discharges due to a defect, the manufacturer and/or the seller may be liable. This is known as product liability. As a consumer, you have the right to purchase safe, well-made, and thoroughly tested firearms. If your gun malfunctions, causing injury or death, the manufacturer is likely at fault.
Advocating on Your Behalf
Attorney Shane Kadlec has represented gunshot victims across the nation, including some of the victims featured in SHOT. He is an advocate of responsible gun ownership and is ready and willing to stand up to insurance companies and their attorneys. With his help, you can secure a just settlement that is far more than you might receive without representation. Contact the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec today to schedule a consultation.