Hunting is a tradition for many families and friends in Pennsylvania. Many people safely hunt each year. But, accidents and injuries do happen. Hunters and bystanders experience injuries related to hunting. What are your options if you have a hunting-related injury?
Teen Killed By Hunter
A Bucks County teen was sitting in a park with his girlfriend. The teen was shot by a hunter and died as a result. A hunter who had violated hunting ordinances ended the life of the young man. In tragic situations like this, family members should talk to a wrongful death lawyer.
Man Dies In Fall From Tree Stand
A hunter in Fayette County fell from a tree stand and died. Police believe a faulty tree stand may have caused the fall. When a faulty product causes injury or death, a product liability lawyer can help.
Hunting Injury Information
This raises the question of “Who is responsible for a hunting accident injury?” Here is the information you need to know about hunting accident injuries:
Common Causes Of Hunting Injuries
When we look at why hunting injuries happen, there are several main reasons people get hurt. Here are the common causes of these injuries:
- hunter judgment mistakes
- safety rule violations
- improper target
- faulty hunting products
- dangerous property conditions
What To Do After A Hunting Injury
Seek Medical Care
If you are injured due to a hunting accident, you or someone else must contact medical assistance immediately. This is the scariest part of a hunting injury. Many times hunters are alone, far from other people. Additionally, cell service in remote locations is spotty at best.
Document the situation as best you can if you are able. Get identification information of anyone involved in your injury. Take pictures of the incident and your wounds. Speak with any witnesses if you are able. If applicable, file a police report. It’s important to remember, most hunting injuries are accidental.
Track Expenses Related To Your Injury
Documenting your medical expenses, rehabilitation, and lost income is the next step. You may be able to claim future potential earning losses in the event you can no longer work.
Who is Responsible?
There can be multiple entities responsible for the events that lead to a hunting injury. The most common is the gun operator. Other parties could also be responsible, like manufacturers or property owners. The law can assign responsibility based on many factors.
Gun Owner Negligence
The gun owner can also be held liable whether or not they were involved in the shooting. Gun owners are responsible for the safekeeping of their weapons and can be deemed negligent. In most situations, those injured can open a claim under the gun owner’s homeowner’s insurance.
Property Owner Responsibility
There are situations where a property owner might be responsible for a hunting injury. Additionally, an owner of a tree stand or ladder stand could be responsible for injuries. An experienced premises liability lawyer can help.
Defective products can cause serious injuries. Hunters’ lives depend on hunting stands and safety equipment. A gun manufacturer can also be held liable. If the gun misfired or is otherwise defective, the manufacturer might bear responsibility. Were you injured by a defective product? A product liability lawyer can help you.
Do You Have A Hunting Injury Lawsuit?
If you were shot or otherwise injured in a hunting accident, you may have a legal claim. Contacting a hunting injury attorney is important to understand your rights.
Pennsylvania Hunting Injury Law Firm
Your life can drastically change after a hunting accident. Get real legal advice from an experienced Pennsylvania injury law firm. Haggerty & Silverman offers free injury consultations.