Phoenix, Arizona, March 12, 2020 - Today, Brady Legal and co-counsel Torgenson Law filed a product liability lawsuit on behalf of Carlos Travieso Jr. against gun manufacturer Glock Inc. and Glock Ges.m.b.H. Travieso Jr. was left permanently paralyzed from the waist down when unintentionally shot by a teenager with a firearm manufactured by Glock Inc., which was designed without numerous safety features and warnings. As a result of the gun design, the shooter thought the gun was unloaded after the ammunition magazine had been removed, although a bullet remained in its chamber. That bullet paralyzed Travieso. The gun lacked multiple safety features, including a magazine disconnect, that would have prevented the gun from firing when the magazine was removed.
Brady Legal Chief Counsel Jonathan Lowy explained:
“Carlos Travieso Jr. will spend his entire adult life paralyzed because of an unintentional shooting that never should have occurred. Carlos is bringing this lawsuit because he does not want what happened to him to happen to anyone else. There are many reasonable safety measures that could and should be included in handguns that would prevent precisely this kind of unintentional shooting with guns that people believe are unloaded. Some of these safety features have been around for over 100 years. Whatever your views are on the Second Amendment or gun laws, we can all agree that guns, like any product, should be made as safe as possible. We look forward to providing Carlos’s case in court, and ensuring that guns are made safers for gun owners, their families, and people they come into contact with.”
Co-counsel John Torgenson shared:
“This lawsuit is not anti-gun or contrary to the Second Amendment. The defendants consciously chose to forego important safety mechanisms in the design of this firearm, which, ultimately, led to Carlos’ paralysis. Companies, especially gun companies, must not needlessly endanger the public, and the defendants’ choices in this matter endanger all of us everyday and ultimately led to Carlos’ catastrophic injuries. We look forward to obtaining full and fair justice for Carlos.”
The case will be heard in federal court in Phoenix in Arizona. The plaintiff, Travieso, seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief from Glock Inc. and Glock Ges.m.b.H. for designing and bringing to market a handgun that is defective, leaving innocent parties like Travieso at risk.
About the Case:
The complaint alleges that on March 17, 2018, Carlos Jr. was waiting in a car outside of a gas station convenience with three other teenagers after attending a church retreat. In the car was a Glock handgun. After the magazine was removed from the gun, a teenager pulled the trigger - assuming the gun was empty. The gun discharged, piercing through the front seat into Carlos Jr. 's spine. Carlos Jr. was immediately sent to the hospital where his life was saved, but he is now paralyzed from the waist down.
About the Filing:
Carlos Jr. is filing a product liability lawsuit against gun manufacturer Glock Inc. and Glock Ges.m.b.H. for designing a defective and unreasonably dangerous handgun that failed to include a magazine disconnect safety and/or other reasonable safety measures that would have prevented Carlos’s injury. A magazine disconnect was invented over 100 years ago to prevent exactly this type of incident --- when someone thinks that a gun is unloaded because the magazine has been removed, yet a round remains in the firing chamber.
Glock Inc. is the U.S. manufacturing arm of Glock Ges.m.b.H. Glock has operated in the U.S. market for more than 30 years and is a leading global weapons manufacturer, selling to law enforcement, consumer and militaries world wide.
About Brady Legal:
Brady has represented victims of gun industry negligence for over 30 years, and has won over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in cases brought by Brady for victims and survivors. Brady also has won landmark precedents holding that gun companies can be held legally responsible for the damage caused by their irresponsible business practices, and has forced gun dealers and manufacturers to reform their practices to prevent sales of guns to dangerous people. Brady has won victories in the Supreme Courts of Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Alaska, and appellate and trial courts in California, Florida, Mississippi, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and other states.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.