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    shooting is justified. they end up paralyzed can they sue you for pain and suffering you caused them?

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    That depends entirely on your location. Some states allow that if it is a legal shoot, there is no civil liability.

    In other states, you can be sued for civil damages.
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    I would say that just about anyone can sue anyone for nearly any reason. Whether it goes anywhere is a different story. I would say that Hot Guns answer plays into it as well though.
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    A lot of those laws are tied into Castle Doctrine or Stand your Ground laws. You'll need to research how Kentucky deals with those issues. NC has protection from civil suits for justified shootings through our newly expanded Castle Doctrine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon View Post
    shooting is justified. they end up paralyzed can they sue you for pain and suffering you caused them?
    Justifiable shoot= No civil suit in Kentucky.
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    Justifiable shoot= No civil liability in Florida.
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    A person can bring a lawsuit against anyone at anytime, even a paralyzed person shot while committing an act of crime.

    The crux of the matter however, is that it is up to the person suing to provide proof of their case against the defendant.

    That it is known as a Civil Trial and not Criminal. I sat on a jury where the individual was suing the manufacturer of a medical device that was alleged to have caused her injury. She did not prove the case and we, the jury, ruled in the defendant's favour.

    I would say that any trial or lawsuit with a self-defense shoot involved would proceed in similar fashion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgb View Post
    Justifiable shoot= No civil liability in Florida.
    Missouri is the same way. If you are innocent of criminal charges there can be no civil charges.
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    Our society is such that you can sue anyone for almost anything, to include not saving you from your own stupidity... However, if getting sued is occupying any part of your mind if you have to employ a gun to protect yourself from serious harm, then you're already a split second behind the mark in the decision process.

    Don't worry about civil action. Prepare to fight, know where/when you can justifiably use lethal force. Then if you get sued, say "getting sued isn't so bad when the alternative is being dead ..."
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    so when shooting shot to kill dead can't sue. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon View Post
    shooting is justified. they end up paralyzed can they sue you for pain and suffering you caused them?
    Justified self defense, in some states, makes the shooter immune from criminal and civil suit.

    Even if you are not in one of those states, the person suing has to rely on a jury to find in their favor. A good lawyer should be able to make a jury see that the persons own actions was the cause of their injuries, and should not be rewarded for their wrong doings.
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    I you are forced to use a gun, two to the chest, one to the head should solve the problem of being sued by the bad guy.
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    It's sad to say but I suspect many lawsuits are decided whether to be brought forth in a court of law only if it is determined if there is anything to be gained by bringing it i.e. if the person you are filing the lawsuit against has any net worth. Your net worth can be found out in seconds just by typing in your date of birth and social security number into a specific data base and that is it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon View Post
    so when shooting shot to kill dead can't sue. lol
    The family of the deceased can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    The family of the deceased can.
    if they sue then they are just after the money

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