Defective Guns & Firearms
Every day more than one individual will die as a result of an unintentional firearm shooting. In the last decade, these unintentional deaths and injuries have decreased, but in the last few years, due to the political landscape and the high number of firearm imports into the country, the numbers will at least stop decreasing for the foreseeable future. This translates in the real possibility of causing injuries or killing another person unintentional.
Recently, Leesfield Scolaro represented an individual whose handgun malfunctioned and which caused catastrophic damages. A last minute mediation with our firearm expert and a live demonstration repeating the alleged defect convinced the manufacturer that there was something wrong with how the gun was operating. Not wanting to face the risk of an 8-figure verdict at trial, we secured a large 7-figure settlement for our client.
Known firearms defects include faulty safety mechanisms, drop fires, and cheap or inadequate parts that loosen or break from normal and expected use of the firearm. The most dramatic cases include defective guns that would fire just from shaking the firearm, without even touching the or pulling the trigger.
In product cases involving defective firearms, it is crucial that injured victims preserve the firearm in question. It is paramount for the viability of their case that they do not change or alter the state of the firearm under any circumstances, from the moment the incident occurred. A properly handled gun defect case begins with the seclusion of the defective firearm by our gun expert. During litigation, our experts will test the firearm in the exact same conditions under which the malfunction occurred in order to replicate the alleged issue.
It is also crucial for any potential plaintiff to choose a lawfirm that not only has the required experience to litigation a product liability case, let alone a defective firearm, but it is also important to choose a firm that has the financial shoulders to bear such litigation. Much like medical malpractice litigation, product liability litigation can take several years of active litigation before a settlement can be reached, and certainly before trial.
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