Shooting range accidents are gun or firearm accidents that occur while a person using a firing range or shooting range. These are special areas that are designated for persons to practice their shooting at a target. These can either be indoor or outdoor ranges. Several shooters are typically lined up side-by-side, shooting down an “alley” at a target. Shooting ranges can accompany a wide range of shooters in terms of skill and experience. Thus, accidents and injuries can sometimes occur at a range. Some common injuries include:
- Accidental discharge of a gun
- A person stepping out into the firing range of another shooter
- Guns misfiring
- Injuries related to loud sounds generated by the gun
- Various other injuries
Common shooting or firing range injuries can include eye and ear injuries, hand injuries, foot injuries (due to a gun going off while it’s pointed down), and being shot in various parts of the body. As such, shooting range accidents can be very serious, and in some cases, fatal. Shooting range accidents can be similar to hunting accidents and other recreational sport accidents.
Can Anyone be Held Liable for a Shooting Range Injury?
Various parties may be held liable for injuries incurred at a shooting range. Depending on the facts surrounding the incident, this can include:
- Shooters at the range who have handled their firearm in a negligent or careless manner
- Owners or operators of the range (for instance, failing to enforce satisfactory safety standards for the premises)
- Manufacturers of the firearm or of equipment used at the range (especially if there is a product defect
Also, operators of a shooting range can be held liable for injuries if they fail to enforce gun control or safety laws, gun age laws, or other similar laws and regulations
Are There any Legal Remedies Available in a Shooting Range Injury Claim?
In a shooting range injury claim, several possible legal remedies may be available. In many cases, the lawsuit may result in a monetary damages award, which is issued to the injured party to compensate them for losses. The damages award can cover losses like hospital costs, medical bills, medication costs, lost wages, and other expenses.
In addition, other parties can be affected as well. For instance, the owner/operator of a shooting range may be required to make changes regarding their safety practices at the range. In cases where the owner has been extremely negligent or reckless, they may lose their operating license. Finally, in cases where there is an issue with a firearm product or shooting range product, a product recall or class action suit may result as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Shooting Range Accident Claim?
Shooting range accidents can be dangerous and even fatal, and claims may require the assistance of a lawyer. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a lawsuit. Your attorney can help you with filing, and can provide research and representation for you during the process.