With its large expanses of woodland areas, New York provides no shortage of opportunities for good hunting. While hunting is generally considered one of the safer sports, it does involve the use of deadly weapons, specifically firearms. Most sportsmen and sportswomen strive to follow all safety rules while hunting, but the reality is that tragic accidents still happen. And sometimes, negligence is to blame.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a New York hunting or firearms accident, you may be entitled to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Call Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to discuss your legal claim. Call (607) 724-7700 or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation.
Our Binghamton, NY accident attorney has the expertise to help ensure that you receive the money you deserve for your injuries. With more than 30 years of personal injury experience, we understand the physical, emotional and financial suffering that you have endured. Our Binghamton accident lawyer will fight to make sure you receive the maximum award.
Hunting Accidents in New York State
The state of New York has an estimated 700,000 hunters whose arsenal includes shotguns, rifles, muzzleloaders, handguns and even bows and arrows. In general, firearms accidents are rare. The 2009-2010 hunting season had the lowest number of hunting injuries on record, with 26 incidents and 1 fatality, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. However, officials indicated in a January 2011 news report that numbers were trending upward again.
Hunting accidents often occur among members of the same hunting party and result from accidental discharge, unsafe handling of the firearm, or from the victim being out of sight or mistaken for game. Firearm accidents also occur when:
- Shooting in the woods or in an area without a clear target;
- Shooting across the road, near buildings or in populated areas;
- Removing a weapon or placing a weapon in a vehicle;
- Running, walking or climbing with a loaded firearm;
- Failing to engage the firearm’s safety;
- Crossing fences, climbing trees or performing any awkward action with a loaded gun.
In most New York hunting accidents, the shooter is most likely going to be held liable for the injuries caused. Sometimes, however, fault or partial fault may be assigned to the victim if he or she moved in the line of fire when all possible precautions were taken.
What to Do After a New York Hunting Accident
When a hunting accident happens, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. You should also report the accident to police and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Many homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage for injuries caused by the negligent use of a firearm, for both the homeowner and other family members. Some hunters also carry separate hunting accident insurance through certain hunting clubs and organizations.
It is important to obtain any documentation or reports related to your hunting accident to share with your attorney. Keep all of your receipts for doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, prescriptions and other payments you made as a result of your accident. Make sure that you closely follow your doctor’s regimen for recovery. All of this will be critical in building a strong personal injury or wrongful death claim that will ensure that you receive monetary compensation to help with medical bills, lost earnings (current and future), pain and suffering, mental distress, and other expenses necessary to rebuild your life.
Due to events beyond their control or understanding, many hunting accident victims receive no compensation, inadequate benefits or a less than equitable settlement for their claim. Don’t let that happen to you.
Contact a NY Hunting Accident Lawyer Today
Call Binghamton accident attorney Scott C. Gottlieb today at (607) 724-7700 or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation. All calls and inquiries receive a response within the same day, usually within an hour. There is no case review cost.