Tragically, thousands of Americans are injured by gun-related incidents every year. The Center for Disease Control statistics indicates that during 2019 there were 682 gunshot related deaths in Kentucky, while there were 1,270 gunshot related deaths in Tennessee.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a gun-related incident in Kentucky or Tennessee, you may have a claim for negligence against the responsible parties. Gunshot victims and their families have a right to financial compensation for the injuries sustained.
Criminal liability is very different from civil liability in the context of gunshot cases. If you were intentionally shot by an individual, it is likely that the local police authority has investigated and potentially charged them criminally for the appropriate offense.
The criminal defendant will then go through the local jurisdiction’s criminal court system, being prosecuted by the state or federal government, and you may be called as a witness to testify in their criminal case.
Civil liability rests with those responsible for any negligence which contributed to your injuries. A civil action is a lawsuit filed by a private person (not the government) against another private person or business.
When an individual or business’s negligence contributed to the shooting injury, you may have a claim for damages against them or their insurance carrier, and may potentially pursue that action against them directly within the local civil court system where the incident occurred.
Gathering evidence immediately and establishing liability is crucial in all gunshot liability cases. The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart, PSC. has experienced investigators working hard on your case as soon as we are retained.
Our investigators work hard to collect good evidence, including witness statements and all available photos or videos. Our experienced gunshot liability attorneys thoroughly investigate all potential liable parties as well as all potential insurance coverage that may apply, which can include:
As discussed above, there are many different scenarios where one may sustain injuries from a gunshot. Whether accidental or on purpose, if you are on someone else’s property, they may owe you a duty to provide reasonable safety.
Examples of negligent shootings include:
Damages for you or your loved one’s gunshot injuries may include:
If a loved one was killed in a shooting, you or your family may have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the individuals and/or companies who contributed to your family member’s death.
While no amount of money will bring back your loved one, our gunshot accident injury attorneys can help you pursue compensation that can potentially lessen the financial burden of funeral costs, an unexpected loss of income, and more.
Damages in a wrongful death claim will vary. Some of the potential damages you may be entitled to include:
Gun injuries are often serious, if not fatal. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a gunshot injury, contact the experienced gunshot attorneys at the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart, PSC as soon as possible. Our office has direct experience handling gunshot cases and has collected numerous settlements on behalf of our clients.
Our Gunshot Accident Injury Attorneys have decades of experience needed to handle your claim. Contact us today at (888) 782-9090 so we may evaluate your case for free. We travel throughout Kentucky and Tennessee to meet with our injured clients and their loved ones. We have offices in Bowling Green, Glasgow, & Greenville Kentucky as well as Gallatin, Tennessee.