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Injury Law Center Obtains Settlement in Accidental Shooting Case

ILC Logo Injury Law Center recently obtained a settlement of $150,000 for a minor who was accidentally shot in the elbow with a .22 caliber firearm. The settlement was approved by the Worcester Superior Court in Worcester, MA.

According to Attorney Joe Russo , the young man was shot by someone “who had no concept of gun safety” and who was “completely inept at handling firearms.” The loaded weapons had been supplied by adults to shoot target practice without supervision during a trip to Maine.

A parent himself, Attorney Russo remarked: “this is what got me the most, the trip organizer never even told the young man’s parents that he was bringing guns on the trip. This is the definition of irresponsibility.”

Attorney Russo brought negligent entrustment of a firearm and negligent supervision civil claims against the adult defendant who organized the trip and supplied the guns. The Injury Law Center team consulted with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to determine whether any laws were violated by transferring a gun to a minor. It was found that the adult defendant did violate both Massachusetts and Maine laws because he never obtained the minor parent’s consent before giving him the weapon (M.G.L. 140 § 130; M.G.L. 140 § 1301/2; Maine Criminal Code Title 17-A §554-B).

The individual who shot the plaintiff was prosecuted by the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office in Maine and was convicted of misdemeanor Reckless Conduct.

Injury Law Center represents people throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts who have been injured due to another person’s carelessness. If you have been hurt and have questions about your legal rights, we encourage you to contact our firm to speak with an attorney about your potential case. Fill out an online contact form or call us today at (603) 883-4100.

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After my accident I was in so much pain and so confused that I didn't know where to go, so I contacted the Injury Law Center. Joe would sit and he would listen and talk to me and hear what I was saying and what was really going on with me. He explained everything. It really made a difference and gave me a peace of mind. I knew that he knew me well enough to take care of my best interests. He heard the story behind everything and made sure that the insurance company had to take action. Deb Brosnan
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If someone I cared for was going to be going through something like this I would definitely recommend Injury Law Center as your first point of reference. My case went on for a very long time, over a year, and we were on very good terms the entire time. Attorney Russo came to visit me several times in the hospital and brought me things to do in rehab. They were very supportive the entire time. Injury Law Center was able to exceed my expectations and I am able to live comfortably without having to work. Valerie
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I had a car accident that affected my business and my ability to deal with insurance companies was very difficult. Joe stayed the course and we were offered very fair compensation.I think it was because of Joe and the hard work of the team. It was a very long trial but it turned out to be in our favor which we were very happy about. Mat Morello