If an individual is hurt by a gun, there are many different parties who may be held responsible depending on the facts in a given case. It may be possible to take action against the manufacturer of the gun, the distributor of the gun or the person who sold the gun to whomever caused the injury. Who may be held responsible depends on whether or not the weapon used to cause injury was defective or not.
If the weapon was not working properly, it may be possible to pursue a case based on laws governing defective products. Otherwise, the case will be determined based on negligence laws. Products may be found to be defective if they are not properly marked or if the product has a flaw but is produced and marketed properly. However, if the product was not defective, a plaintiff may need to show that another party breached a duty of care toward the victim.
Furthermore, it must be shown that another party's negligence resulted in an injury. In other words, there must be a causal connection between the event and the injury. For instance, if a parent buys a gun for a teenager, he or she may be at fault if the gun is then used by that teenager to hurt someone.
Those who are injured by a gun or any other defective weapon may want to speak with an attorney. He or she may be able to review the case and determine if it is possible to win compensation under products liability law. Victims may be eligible for compensation for medical bills and other costs related to recovering from their injuries. In some cases, it may be possible to reach a resolution outside of court in a favorable manner for the plaintiff.