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Non-fatal gunshot injuries during criminal acts in Mexico, 2013–2019
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Non-fatal gunshot injuries during criminal acts in Mexico, 2013–2019

Eugenio Weigend Vargas and Carlos Perez Ricart address the dearth of research around nonfatal gunshot injuries by providing data on and exploring the costs related to such injuries sustained during crimes in Mexico.

Every day, hundreds of Mexicans are affected by non-fatal gun-related injuries (NGIs). These injuries have long-term functional and emotional consequences.  Moreover, victims of NGI are likely to be re-victimised or perpetrate future violence. NGIs also represent a significant financial burden not only on Mexico’s healthcare system, but also on victims and their families. Unfortunately, media and scholars covering Mexico’s criminal violence have focused on gun homicides, rather than on NGIs. In doing so, they neglect the long-term physical and emotional trauma created by NGI.

The general objective of this paper is to extend current knowledge of NGIs in Mexico. We aim to:

A. Provide new and original data on NGIs sustained during crimes in Mexico.

B. Estimate individual initial healthcare costs.

C. Compare the costs of NGIs to those resulting from other forms of injuries.

The above excerpt was originally published in Injury Prevention. Click here to view the full article.

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Authors

Eugenio Weigend Vargas

Director

Carlos Perez Ricart

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