Firearm Litigation Verdicts & Settlements
Listed below are examples of cases we have been fortunate to be involved with in the past, as well as information as to how they were resolved.
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Griffith v. Booher
Family of 20-year-old boy sued son’s friend who accidentally shot him in chest with .45 caliber handgun, as well as Mt. Carmel East Hospital and its physicians for medical malpractice in treatment of wound. Jason Griffith went into shock and nearly bled to death after admission to the hospital before he was taken to surgery, as a result of which he suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest and brain damage. Jason lived for 13 months before dying of pneumonia.
Pretrial settlement demand was $2,250,000 and offer from medical defendants was $300,000. Case was settled on third day of trial for $2,500,000, with medical defendants paying $1,150,000.
Pavlides v. Niles Gun Show
“Landmark case” received national media attention. Plaintiff was shot by a 14-year-old boy who earlier that day stole a handgun and purchased ammunition at a gun show sponsored by the Defendant. “The $760,000 jury award is believed to be the first such verdict against a gun merchant in the country — and the latest in a series of legal developments stressing gun merchants’ responsibility to ensure that firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands.” Wall Street Journal
Treadway v. Jones
$425,000 settlement on behalf of family of deceased hunter who was accidentally shot by 14-year-old boy who was turkey hunting with his father. Evidence established that boy and father failed to follow established “rules” for turkey hunting, including identification of male turkey by visually spotting the male turkey’s red “beard.”
Filius v. Mossberg
$145,000 partial settlement against shotgun manufacturer and shell distributor, alleging defects in design and manufacture of gun, and overpowering of shells due to inadequate quality control by foreign manufacturer. Shell exploded resulting in loss of partial vision in one eye.