Global terrorist attacks are becoming more commonplace. The latest terrorist attacks in the United States of America include the following attacks:
- A Saudi Arabian flight student, training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, shot and killed three people and injured eight others. The FBI investigated the case as a possible terrorist attack. And, on 13 January 2020, the US Department of Justice declared the shooting as an act of terrorism, motivated by Jihadist ideologies. Interestingly enough, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack.
- A shooting incident by two members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, a designated hate group, opened fire on a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, New Jersey, and killed three people after shooting and killing a police officer. One of the suspects, David Anderson, had social media pages full of anti-police and anti-Jewish propaganda.
These examples are just two of the mass shootings, both terrorist-based and others, that occurred in 2019.
Jason Silverstein, in his article titled “There were more mass shootings than days in 2019,” noted that were 417 mass shootings in the US by the end of 2019. And, statistics show that the risk of dying from gun violence in the US is 50% greater than dying in a road accident. It is also ten times greater than dying in a severe weather event like a hurricane, tornado, or flood.
The benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney
These statistics only highlight the deaths that have occurred as a result of mass gun shootings. And, they show the risks of dying during a mass gun shooting incident. However, there are also injuries as a consequence of these mass shootings.
Therefore, the question that must be asked and answered is: Can you file a personal injury claim if you’ve been injured in a similar incident?
The brief answer is: Yes. You can file a personal injury lawsuit with the civil court to cover the costs of being caught in a terrorist attack or mass shooting. The caveat here is that it is vital not to file the paperwork yourself. It is best to contact an injury lawyer in Winchester to submit the claim on your behalf.
Thus, by way of expanding on this statement, here are a few benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney to file your personal injury claim at the local civil court:
Personal Injury or Tort Law knowledge
The Personal Injury law is complex both in its understanding and application. The relevant document has to be complete, and the application forms correctly filled out; otherwise, you will more than likely end up with a denied application, or even worse, thrown out of court because of a lack of professionalism in both the application and subsequent court appearance.
A large percentage of the personal injury claims filed with the civil court are settled between the applicant’s and defendant’s attorneys. The case only goes before the civil court judge if the respective lawyers cannot come to a negotiated agreement.
Thus, it is vital to hire a legal expert who is skilled and experienced at negotiating the best settlement for the client. Otherwise, the defendant’s attorney will make sure that the settlement figure is as low as possible.