Michigan Gun Range Accident
Guns can be scary when they are in the hands of inexperienced or immature users. Horseplay has no place at a gun range, or anywhere else that a gun may be present. If you have been injured at a gun range, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately to determine whether you have a legitimate claim. Both economic and non-economic damages may be available depending on how serious one’s injuries are. If you were injured at a gun range, a lawsuit may be necessary to help pay for doctors’ bills or other treatment. If someone you loved was killed at a range, it is imperative to contact a lawyer who knows how to get answers and hold accountable those parties responsible for their actions.
Theories of Liability
I. Sue the Shooter
It goes without saying that if someone at a gun range is “playing” around with a firearm, general rules of negligence may hold that individual liable should an injury occur. Everybody has a duty to act as a reasonable person would considering the surrounding circumstances. At a gun range, reasonable people do not point fire arms at other people. Reasonable people communicate their intentions with those around them before they fire their weapon. Reasonable people do not consume alcohol or take drugs at a gun range. Reasonable people make an effort to look at their target as opposed to shooting blindly.
II. Sue the Owner of the Range
One other potential party at a gun range is the owner of the range itself. The owners of a range have an obligation and a duty to develop safety rules and procedures, and to enforce applicable penalties to keep its occupants safe. In other words, liability may be imposed for the owner’s own negligence. For example, failing to kick out an intoxicated gun owner at a range is unreasonable. Allowing gun owners in to the range who have acted in a dangerous or inappropriate manner in the past is unreasonable.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Michigan
If you have been injured at a gun range in Michigan, it is extremely important to find an attorney experienced in the laws of negligence and personal injuries, as well as to find an attorney that one is comfortable with. If you questions, and a free initial telephone consultation is in order, give our office a call today at 586-268-2400.