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No matter how safety-conscious you may try to be, the behaviors and decisions of other people can still lead to you or someone you love suffering a serious injury or even dying. You probably already recognize that the actions of other people can immediately affect you on the road. What may not be quite as obvious as that you could also wind up hurt in your own home because of what someone else does.

The vast majority of adults in Texas have the legal right to own and safely store a firearm in their home. If your neighbor is not safe about how they store their firearm, how they store their ammunition, how they clean their weapon or how they practice with it, you or someone in your family could wind up accidentally wounded when a bullet enters your residence.

Bullets can sometimes go through multiple walls

Being inside your house won't necessarily stop you from getting hurt when someone fires a weapon outside or in an adjacent unit in a multi-unit building. There have even been cases of bullets traveling through the home of the person who fired the gun, through an empty apartment and then into someone's home.

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People go to the shooting range for all sorts of reasons — to hang out with their friends, blow off some steam or build up their skill with a new firearm. These ranges are often popular, successful businesses. Most people who visit shooting ranges will come away with stories about their experience and accuracy, not injuries.

Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen where many people handle firearms in close proximity to one another. No matter how well-organized and safety-focused your favorite shooting range is, you could potentially wind up suffering an accidental gunshot wound due to someone else’s negligence, a malfunctioning weapon or other circumstances.

Not everyone who wants to shoot can handle their guns

Different shooting ranges have different policies, but many allow people to bring their own firearms or to rent firearms for use on the range. Just because somebody was able to buy a 12-gauge shotgun doesn’t mean that they can handle the recoil when they fire it. The same is likely true for the larger and higher caliber firearms sometimes available for rental at shooting ranges.

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The purpose of any personal injury lawsuit is to compensate a victim after an accident that was someone else’s fault. The goal, meanwhile, is to get enough compensation to help the victim get as close as possible back to what their life was like before it was disrupted by the accident.

Part of that is making sure the victim doesn’t have to pay accident-related bills out of their own pocket. It is easy to prove how much a victim is owed for medical expenses and lost wages just by looking at the total of their medical bills and missed paychecks. But bills are far from the only consequence of an injury-causing accident, and other consequences may have a far greater impact on your life.

How do you calculate the value of physical pain? What about the stress and emotional harm an accident causes? No amount of money can ever take away that pain. But we can get close to assigning a monetary value by examining what effect your injury has had on your life.

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Spending time with friends is a critical part of childhood and adolescent socialization. Peer relationships have a dramatic influence on the kind of person your child develops into, so it makes sense that you would want to encourage multiple, positive friendships and a sense of social independence.

Unfortunately, when your child goes over to someone's house, they get exposed to every risk factor and danger in that other household. For example, your child's friend may know that their parents have a gun in their closet.

If their parents don't have the gun locked up or if the child knows the location of the keys or the code to unlock the firearm, your child could potentially wind up severely injured. In that situation, your family has the right to bring an accidental firearm discharge claim against the homeowner's or renter's insurance policy protecting the residence.

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It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Your son is over at a friend’s house and they find an unsecured gun. They start playing with it, and one shoots the other or themselves. Sadly, it’s a reality that affects many families across the United States.

Recent shooting incidents

In Houston, in mid-February, a 5-year-old accidently shot a four-year-old, and fortunately, the four-year-old only had minor injuries. However, many young gun shooting victims are not so lucky. Earlier in February, a three-year-old died in Forth Worth after finding a gun at a relative’s home and playing with it. Many times, in these situations, police don’t file charges because they consider the shootings accidental.

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