Accidental Shootings While Hunting

Did you recently suffer injuries in an accidental shooting while hunting? You might feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to do next. A lawyer can protect your rights and guide you through the process of filing an injury claim. With a successful claim, you can hold the responsible party accountable and recover fair compensation for the harm you have suffered.

How Accidental Shootings Can Occur While Hunting

Accidental shootings while hunting often occur due to negligence or a lack of safety precautions. Common causes of hunting accidents include:

  • Mistaken Identity: Some shooting accidents occur when hunters mistake other people for animals, which is a significant risk in low-visibility areas.
  • Accidental Discharge: Careless handling or failure to follow gun safety protocols can lead to unintentional firearm discharges and accidental shooting injuries.
  • Ricochets: If a hunter unknowingly fires at a hard surface, the bullet can bounce off and hit people nearby.
  • Unsafe Firing Zones: Failing to properly check and maintain a safe firing zone before shooting can also result in hunting accidents.

Accidental Shooting Injuries

Hunting accidents, particularly those involving firearms, can result in a wide range of injuries, such as:

  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Fractures
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Spinal injuries
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Infections
  • Psychological trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Steps to Take After an Accidental Shooting

The steps you take immediately following a shooting incident can greatly affect your physical recovery and legal options. Here’s what you should do:

  • Seek medical attention immediately, even for minor injuries.
  • Keep all medical records and documents related to your treatment.
  • Write down your account of the incident as soon as possible while the details are fresh.
  • Report the incident to local law enforcement or game wardens promptly.
  • Collect names and contact information of all witnesses and involved parties.
  • Document the scene of the accident with photos or videos, if possible.
  • Don’t admit fault or make detailed statements without legal advice.
  • Avoid discussions about the incident on social media platforms.
  • Save physical evidence like clothing or equipment involved in the incident.
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer experienced in hunting accident cases.
  • Track all expenses related to the accident, including lost wages.

How a Hunting Accident Attorney Can Help

If you get hurt in an accidental shooting while hunting, an experienced lawyer can assist you with your hunting accident injury case by:

  • Evaluating your case to determine the best legal strategy
  • Gathering evidence to support your claim
  • Consulting medical experts to understand the extent of your injuries
  • Calculating the total costs of your injuries and income losses
  • Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf
  • Filing all necessary legal paperwork in a timely manner
  • Representing you in court if the case goes to trial
  • Keeping you informed about the progress of your case

Contact a Shooting Accident Injury Lawyer Now

Have you been injured in a hunting accident? Let Ainsman Levine, LLC help. We offer a free consultation where you can tell us about your case and learn how we can assist you. Contact us now to learn more.