While hunting is generally a safe sport, hundreds of serious accidents and approximately 150 deaths occur every year in the United States.
If you or a friend or family member has been injured or killed due to the fault or negligence of a hunter, or due to a defective firearm (or both), you may bring a lawsuit to recover damages. The experienced hunting accident firm Hightower Law Group can help.
A hunting accident usually involves a firearm and could involve one of the following:
· Missing a target and hitting another person
· Mistaking another person for a wild animal and shooting them
· Accidental discharge of a weapon, which can be caused by the firearm's handler or the firearm
Hunting accident cases are very complicated. They often involve multiple defendants and many different theories of liability. Complex insurance coverage matters require deep research and analysis. If the victim dies, a shooter, land owner, or gun manufacturer can be held liable for their wrongful death. Generally, the firearm's handler may be liable for general negligence (doing something a reasonable person would not do), the maker of the firearm may be liable if the firearm was defectively designed or manufactured (products liability), the owner of the land may be liable in certain circumstances, and, if the gun handler is in the course and scope of employment, the employer of the gun handler may be liable.
These matters can only be assessed by a qualified hunting accident attorney.
The person hurt or killed in a hunting accident may recover for:
· Hospital bills
· Outpatient therapy
· Pharmaceuticals necessary for treatment and pain management
· Loss of earning capacity
· Loss of enjoyment of life
· Pain and suffering
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