Leesfield Scolaro has represented many clients injured in drop-fire cases against gun manufacturers. One of the many allegations included that the subject pistols had a design defect which caused them to fire without the trigger being pulled. The flawed designs were responsible for the accidental discharges, which caused death or catastrophic injuries to our clients.
One of the common design defects pertains to a crucial component that ignites the gunpowder in the cartridge, which in turn propels the bullet out of the barrel. That component is the firing pin. The firing pin is a small metal rod that is spring-loaded and sits inside the slide of the pistol. When the trigger is pulled, it releases the hammer, which then strikes the firing pin, causing it to impact the primer on the cartridge. The primer contains a small amount of explosive that ignites the gunpowder and propels the bullet out of the barrel.
In past cases, Attorney Thomas Scolaro was able to prove that the design defect was related to the firing pin releasing without the trigger being pulled -that it could happen whether the safety was engaged or disengaged, which is a separate design defect- causing the firing pin to impact the primer and discharge the firearm unintentionally.