Roughly 16,399 people are shot unintentionally every year—584 of them die on average. Gun accidents are far more than just a statistic. People’s lives are changed forever when they’re shot, and the fact that many of these could be prevented through the appropriate safety measures or manufacturing standards is both tragic and inexcusable.
If you or a loved one has been shot in a gun accident, call Attorney Bryan Caulfield. Even if an injury or wrongful death occurs from an unintentional gunshot, that doesn’t mean someone isn’t liable for the results. Gun manufacturers and other negligent parties may be to blame for your emotional and physical harm. Our Clearwater personal injury lawyer has more than 25 years experience pursuing justice and compensation from negligent manufacturers and individuals.
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Gus Barber was 9 years old when he died. His mother was in the process of unloading her Remington 700 after a family hunting trip in Montana. When she released the safety—which is required to unload the Remington 700—the gun fired. Barbara Barber kept an open hand away from the trigger and pointed the rifle toward an empty horse trailer, cautiously handling her rifle responsibly.
Tragically, Barbara didn’t realize that Gus had run around to the other side of the horse trailer. When the gun fired, he was fatally shot. He would be in his mid-20s were he alive today.
The Remington 700, in production for decades, is only one of the many guns that cause injuries from defective manufacturing. This story is one of the most well-known among hundreds of similar ones, where the Remington 700 would fire as a result of operating the safety or the bolt.
This story serves a point: sometimes, accidents happen when people are acting completely responsibly with their firearms. When this happens, the manufacturer is the at-fault party for their defective product. If you need to bring a claim against a manufacturer for a gun accident that should never have happened, you need an attorney with experience and skill handling these cases.
While many gun owners are responsible with their firearms, not all gun users use caution. When you or a loved one is shot because someone else was acting negligently or recklessly with their gun, you deserve compensation for your injuries and emotional trauma. The law gives you the right to hold reckless people responsible for the damage they cause you or your family.
Our attorney has handled more than 4,800 personal injury cases and wrongful death claims from beginning to end. Over the last 25 years, his work has earned a reputation for being effective at getting incredible verdicts and settlements. While every case is different, your odds are always better with an attorney who knows how to handle your case.
Board certification sets Attorney Caulfield apart from 98% of attorneys in Florida, marking him as a legal expert according to the Florida State Bar. If you’re not sure you can afford a lawyer, know that the firm refuses to take any fee unless you win in court. He shoulders the risk of all litigation upfront, so you can focus on rebuilding your life and recovering from the incident. With this arrangement, everyone can afford the justice they deserve.
Contact his office as soon as possible to share your story and determine your legal options.