Gunshot Wound Verdicts

According to a study by Jury Verdict Research, the average gunshot wound verdict is $727,852 ($100,000 median).

For the purposes of this study, a gunshot wound is defined as soft tissue damage to the victim caused by birdshot, a pellet gun, BB gun or traditional gun with no organ damage, fractures, paralysis, brain damage, visual impairment or hearing loss.

It is difficult to recover damages for an intentional gunshot wound because it is difficult to get insurance for intentional acts and it is even more difficult to claim that the company/municipality the shooter was working for was vicariously liable.

Most gunshot cases involve an accidental shooting which implicates the shooter’s homeowners’ or other insurance policy (think Dick Chaney shooting that guy in the eye) or the police department for an accidental/negligent shooting.