With the slightest squeeze of a trigger lives are invariably altered on the streets of America everyday. Recently, at troubled plagued Knoxville nightclub, La Rumba, a disagreement among patrons turned into a push, which turned into a fist fight that quickly spilled out into the roadway and escalated into a gun fight. When the cordite had cleared, two Knoxville-area men were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds to their legs.
Firearm injuries carry a price tag
Data from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation shows that, in 2010 firearm injuries cost the United States over $174 billion. Majority of that expense came from deaths and fatalities accounted for $153.3 billion. Philadelphia has a one of the highest rates of total gun related deaths per 100,000 people.
Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, has witnessed a 16% reduction in gun deaths this year over the previous one however, guns still claim about a death a day, on average in the Windy City.
What to do if the unexpected happens
What do you do when you find yourself inadvertently stuck in the cross-hairs of exploding lead? Very few people wake up in the morning and plan on getting shot. Indeed, according to statistics drawn up by Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, upwards of 72% of the trauma victims that seek help within their doors are uninsured or on public assistance.
As a victim, your troubles really just begin once the bullets stop flying. Medical expenses, potential loss of work, social dislocations, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and fear all disembark from the ambulance right along with you when you arrive at the hospital. Although the police will diligently run down all clues in hopes of apprehending a suspect, the status of that investigation is not going to necessarily help you. To fully secure your rights you should seek out qualified legal counsel to discuss your case.
Who to turn to in Philadelphia
Unfortunately, Philadelphia is not immune to the scourge of gun violence, and the moniker “City of Brotherly Love” is at risk of losing any relevance. As such, if you or a loved one are a victim of gun violence in the greater Philadelphia or central New Jersey areas, you need to seek out a crime victim lawyer.
At DPT Law, we specialize in getting the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of a violent shooting crime. We are experts at determining the civil liability of convicted shooters, or other third parties who may have been culpable in the cause of your injuries. Take the first step to healing by scheduling an appointment.