Shot?  Have Gun? We'll Travel.

If you have been shot, there are a number of things you must do immediately to protect any rights you may have.  

  •     First, do NOT tamper with any of the evidence or try to reconstruct the accident.  Save that for professionals.  Gun manufacturers and their lawyers are notorious for raising “red herrings” to take the focus off the legitimate issues in the investigation and prosecution of defective gun cases.    

  •   Second, do NOT make assumptions on how or why a particular items (be it ammunition or firearm) may have malfunctioned.  (For example, do not assume that the gun’s trigger was pulled just because the gun fired -- there are many guns that for one reason or another will fire without a trigger pull and SOME EVEN WITH THE GUN’S SAFETY ENGAGED!)  

  •     Third, document everything.  Make a file for the attorney with whom you consult.  Stay as organized as possible. Take lots of pictures. If you have to wonder whether your attorney needs a particular bit of information or a particular document, chances are he or she does. 

  • Fourth, if you are investigated by the police, then remember that when the officer says “anything you say can and will be used against you,” he or she means it.  Always seek the advice of an attorney before making statements to the police.  Often even well-meaning law enforcement officers make mistakes.  You don’t want to suffer from one of their mistakes, especially if it was the mistake of the gun you were handling that got you into the situation.  

  • Fifth, do NOT tarry -- contact an experienced and qualified attorney as soon as possible.  Depending on the law of the state in which you live, you could have as little as six months for your lawyer to file the proper documents (“pleadings”) in the correct court, against the correct persons or companies, and stating the correct allegations.  Gun incidents take a long time to investigate. Don’t tie your lawyers’ hands by waiting until the last minute to seek consultation.  

Since the 1970’s, Goff and Goff has investigated or handled hundreds of defective firearms cases, representing the victims of gun manufacturers who have acted irresponsibly and poorly designed their products. We have worked on a referral basis (pro hac vice) in nearly every state in the country and can usually do so with the sponsorship of a locally licensed attorney, depending on the rules of the applicable jurisdiction.   Hopefully, we can help you obtain justice and make sure that the incident does not happen to another.  Contact us.  We’d love the opportunity to help you.  Click here for our credentials.  

We only want to represent legitimate clients  -- we don’t like, nor do we handle frivolous lawsuits.  Moreover, we are not “anti-gun.”  Far from it.  We feel that the more irresponsibly the gun manufacturers act in producing unsafe guns, the more “ammo” those who wish to take our guns away will have and the more money the anti-gun lobby will have to spend to further the erosion of our Second Amendment rights.

Click here for a list of Guns that have been involved in incidents the gun lawyers at Goff and Goff have investigated or prosecuted.  

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