By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Nevada
Here in the valley, we hear a lot about swimming pool accidents where unsupervised children wander into pools and drown. In many of these cases, an adult who was supposed to have been watching the child is arrested and indicted on criminal charges. But adults can be held responsible for other types of accidents involving children as well.
This week, a Pahrump man was placed under arrest in connection with a gun accident in his home. On Tuesday, police were called to the home after a 13-year old boy was accidentally shot in the leg by a .22 caliber handgun. The victim had been playing with the weapon along with a 15-year old, who had been given the gun by his father. The 13-year old is expected to recover from his wounds.
When police arrived at the residence, they found several unsecured guns and ammunition inside where the teens had been playing. The father was later charged with child endangerment. His wife, who was actually in the home at the time of the accident, also faces similar charges. The man did own a gun safe, but it’s unclear as to why the weapons were not secured inside it.
This case demonstrates how both the owner of the guns (the father) and a “supervising” adult on-site (the wife) can be held criminally responsible for the teen’s accident. This logic applies in civil court as well. The article does not state whether the victim was related to the adults; but if he isn’t, then the 13-year old’s parents have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the man and his wife.
o About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in motorcycle accidents, car accidents, drunk driver crashes, auto pedestrian accidents, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.