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Can firearms be defective?

Most New Orleans residents know how dangerous guns can be, and many people are injured or killed each year by firearms. But what happens when a person is not directly responsible for those injuries? Depending on the situation, those who have suffered injuries from a firearm may want to explore the different types of product defects that may be responsible for a firearm accident.

If a weapon is indeed defective, it can happen one of three ways. A product may be deemed defective if it is marketed with poor warnings or instructions that fail to highlight foreseeable risks. A product may also be labeled defective if it is manufactured with a glitch or flaw. Lastly, a firearm may be labeled defective if the design of the product was created in a way that may cause foreseeable harm - and that the risk of harm could have been decreased with a different design.

When a person has been injured by a firearm, he or she may want to explore whether the firearm malfunctioned in any way. The courts will look into whether the firearm operated as intended and, if it can be proved that the weapon malfunctioned, the injured party may be able to recover compensation under products liability law.

Those who have been injured due to a dangerous or defective product may find it beneficial to explore their legal options. Injuries caused by firearms are oftentimes severe, and victims may have a long road to recovery after an injury. Medical bills and therapy costs can add up quickly, and the party responsible for the injury should be held liable for the injury.

Source: FindLaw, "Product Liability and Guns," accessed on Dec. 29, 2014

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