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Kentucky Gun Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been shot and injured and believe a gun owner is responsible, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today for a free, confidential consultation. In many cases, the gun owner’s homeowner’s insurance will cover claims involving accidental discharge of a firearm. However, some insurers attempt to delay or deny these types of claims. Any time a serious injury or fatality is involved, you should speak to a reputable personal injury attorney who can listen to the details of your unique situation and provide you with advice and your options.

Injuries and Fatalities in Gun Accidents

A gun accident caused by an improperly stored gun can easily lead to severe injuries or even end in a fatality. Some of the injuries that commonly stem from these accidents include:
  • Injuries to limbs
  • Injuries to the chest and stomach area
  • Facial wounds, including damage to eyes and ears
  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Hand injuries
Tragically, many victims of gun-related accidents in Kentucky each year will also lose their life due to a gun accident. Victims or families of victims have legal options after one of these life-altering accidents.

When is a Gun Owner Responsible for an Accident?

Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC | Kentucky Gun Accident Lawyer - gunsDepending on the circumstances of the accident, a Kentucky gun owner can be held liable for a gun accident on both criminal and civil charges. Though Kentucky is seen as one of the more lenient states when it comes to gun laws, claims are still taken seriously when somebody is injured or a life is taken in a preventable gun accident. When a gun owner’s negligence causes an accident or unintentional shooting that leads to injuries or a fatality, they could be responsible for the damages that result. Examples of gun owner negligence include the following scenarios:
  • Failing to Safely Store a Gun: A leading cause of gun-related accidents each year is an accident caused by failing to properly store a gun. One of a gun owner’s responsibilities includes making sure that their firearms are stored away from unauthorized users, which includes children. When a child or another party is naturally curious about a gun, they could pick up the weapon without realizing that there is a danger there. A gun owner is supposed to use safes, lockboxes, or trigger locks when they are storing their firearms as a way to keep children and others safe from harm.
  • Failing to Properly Maintain Gun: A gun owner should always regularly maintain their firearms, which includes servicing and cleaning it. If a gun is not properly maintained, it could misfire or jam. This can even lead to an explosion in the most severe cases. If somebody is injured due to a malfunctioning firearm, the gun owner could be held liable for the resulting damages.
  • Recklessly Handling Weapon: If a gun owner disregards the safety of others in an incredibly reckless manner, they could be responsible for any resulting damages. Reckless handling of a weapon includes aspects like waving around a loaded gun, “showing off” a weapon without checking safety measures first, or using a firearm while under the influence.

Damages Available in Kentucky Gun Accident Cases

If you or someone you know has been hurt or a life has been taken due to a gun owner’s negligence, financial support may be available. Common damages that are seen in these cases include:
  • Medical expenses that cover all healthcare costs associated with a victim’s injuries
  • Lost wages due to missed time at work caused by gun-related injuries
  • Pain and suffering for physical pain and emotional distress
  • Punitive damages if a gun owner’s behavior was especially reckless and it led to an accident
  • Wrongful death damages for the deceased’s family, which include funeral expenses, loss of consortium, loss of income, and more
The specifics of your claim will determine what damages you or your family can receive in a gun accident claim. It is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to retain your rights after an accident.

Contact a Kentucky Gun Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident involving a firearm or a loved one’s life has been taken, you need a knowledgeable legal advocate on your side who will compassionately listen to you and fight to protect your rights. At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we have a deep understanding of Kentucky gun laws and will help you build your claim and protect your interests during these challenging times. Contact us today to set up an initial no-cost consultation so that we can review your case and help you get started.
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