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Toddler injured by gun in home

A property owner in Pennsylvania is responsible for ensuring that their property is safe from hazardous conditions. This can include a variety of different safety concerns -- from a wet floor, to dangerous equipment and animals. If property owners fail to properly secure, maintain or repair their property, people can get seriously injured.

A toddler in central Pennsylvania was recently injured in a home. According to reports, the 2-year-old was supposed to be watching the television whole the child's caretaker took a shower. However, instead the child traveled to a bedroom in the upper part of the home. While in the bedroom, the toddler apparently found a loaded gun.

Reports say that the child took the loaded 45-caliber handgun downstairs to play with it. Sadly, the child fired the weapon. The child was shot in the leg and suffered injuries. The child was taken via an ambulance to a hospital in Williamsport. Police are still investigating the incident and have not determined if charges will be filed.

When a property is unsafe -- like in this case -- a variety of dangerous and life threatening injuries can occur. It is the property owner's responsibility to keep the property free from hazards. If a property owner's negligence or carelessness -- as may be the case with the child and the gun -- cause injuries to another, a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate.

Under premises liability laws, negligent property owners can be held responsible for damages to an injured party. This can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. People who have been injured on the property of another should understand their rights. Additionally, people should know that they often need to act quickly after an accident to preserve these rights.

Source: Northcentral PA, "Montoursville Toddler suffers handgun wound," Kathy Kolb, March 26, 2015

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