Non-powder guns such as BB, air, paintball, and pellet guns can cause serious and permanent injuries if not used properly. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-powder guns, including BB, air, and pellet guns, injured 13,851 people in 20110, including 9,252 people under the age of 19. Furthermore, these guns have increasingly become more powerful and accurate, creating a greater risk for injury. In recognition of the dangers these guns pose, many states, including New York, have regulations in place that prohibit the use or unsupervised use of nonpowder guns by someone under the age of 16.Eye injuries are one of the more common injuries that can occur with the use of BB, air, paintball and pellet guns. These injuries can include permanent eye disabilities such as: loss of an eye, traumatic cataracts, traumatic glaucoma, and blindness. The eye injuries that can result often require lifelong treatment and monitoring and/or the need for eye surgery or laser treatment.
Often times, these injuries result from the negligence of another party. The shooter of the gun can be found independently negligent for carelessly firing the gun or improper operation. Because many of the injuries result from shooters under the age of 16, parents may be held liable for negligently supervision or negligently entrusting the gun to a minor, in violation of a state regulation.
Additionally, some manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of non-powder guns may be held negligent in their design, as some guns appear to be unloaded, but a BB or pellet remains in the gun. Some guns also have predisposition to jam, creating a hazard until the jam is cleared.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents those persons who have been injured from gun injuries, including BB, air, paintball, and pellet guns. If you or someone you know has been harmed from a gun injury, please contact our office for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.