A shooting is a terrible way to lose a limb. Some shootings are accidental, such as a person cleaning a gun when it accidentally fired. Many are intentional, and may be result of a robbery, domestic violence, or a person being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Shooting victims who have suffered injuries, such as amputations, as a result of the shooting may not know where to turn for help. In some cases, shooting victims may be entitled to compensation related to the shooting.
In general, if a person is injured because of the negligence or intentional actions of another person or entity, the person can sue in a civil court and possibly obtain compensation from the responsible party.
Often, shooters have no assets, and therefore no way to pay any civil judgment if one was awarded. Other parties may be held responsible for the shooting and/or the amputation, however.
One situation in which another party may be responsible for a shooting is if that party was responsible for the security of a certain area and failed to perform security duties with reasonable care, and someone was shot.
For example, if a paid parking lot had lots of broken lights in a dangerous part of town and had little or no security, and someone was shot there, the owner of the parking lot may be held liable for the shooting. If a shooting victim survived but suffered an amputation solely because of the negligence of the treating doctor, not the severity of the shooting, the doctor may be held liable for the amputation.
Amputations are life altering, traumatic events. If the amputation was caused because of the wrongful or negligent actions of a third party, it’s critical that you seek compensation from that third party. You will most likely have lifelong expenses related to your amputation, so it’s important that you seek compensation for those.
Call Amputation Lawyer Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567. I am an amputation attorney in California, and also an amputee myself.
I work closely with amputees to help them obtain compensation for their injuries, as well as to fight insurance companies who are wrongfully denying coverage for amputation-related expenses. Call today to learn more.