A man in Louisville, Kentucky was charged Wednesday with first-degree wanton endangerment related to an incident involving a young girl being shot when his small caliber firearm accidently discharged. These charges stem even though the police have officially ruled the shooting an accident. The young girl, whose identity is protected because she is a minor, was shot in the cheek and ear. She is expected to survive.
Instance like this prove that guns are not to be taken lightly and are not to be toyed with. Gun ownership is a privilege and responsibility which should not be taken lightly. Because of the risks involved when safety and proper handling procedures are ignored, even accidental shootings are to be prosecuted. In this case, we have a young girl who will be traumatized by the shooting. She has incurred medical bills and pain & suffering. She will likely have physical scars on her face for the rest of her life, and may even need counseling related to the incident. Because the severity of consequences of shootings, even accidental shooting, the law comes down hard on negligent gun owners and hold them both criminally and civilly responsible.
In cases where innocent people become the victims of gun shots, even accidental gun discharges, such individuals have a right to not only have the gun owner criminally charged, but also have the right to seek civil recourse for their injuries and damages. This means that they, or in the case of children being shot their parents, can sue the gun owner and/or the person responsible for the guns discharge for the medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, and other related damages from being shot.
For more information on the rights of persons injured by guns, including accidental shootings, contact the Ackerson Law Offices, (502) 882-5176, and Kentucky injury attorney Brent T. Ackerson. You can also email Brent directly with your legal questions. by clicking here