Accidental Discharge at Local Gun Range

KRAMER HOLCOMB SHEIK and MICHAEL BURGIS & ASSOCIATES SECURE SEVEN FIGURE SETTLEMENT AGAINST GUN RANGE IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING CASE

Following two rounds of pre-litigation mediation in a hotly contested liability case, KHS and MBA have secured a seven figure settlement against a gun range and shooter. In December 2016, our client and his brother, were at a shooting range with his family when an inexperienced shooter discharged his weapon following a “cease fire” call. The brother witnessed the entire event, and caught our client in his arms after being shot. Our client suffered severe injuries, including lacerations to his kidney, liver and diaphragm. As a result of the gunshot wounds, almost half of his liver had to be removed. Our client continues to live with the after effects of the shooting to this day.

The gun range argued that the liability waiver signed by all parties absolved it of liability. In response, KHS and MBA argued that the gun range had acted with gross negligence, by failing to adequately supervise new shooters, and by failing to have a sufficient number of safety officers patrolling the range, particularly after a “cease fire” was called. Although the shooter’s liability was not in question, KHS and MBA worked hard to ensure collectability of any settlement, looking for any available avenue to secure the shooter’s assets. Ultimately, both the shooting range and the shooter agreed to settle the case for a seven figure total settlement.