According to the IHEA, International Hunter Education Association, the most common type of game hunting accident occurs when the hunter fails to see the victim. Shooting accidents typically happen within a hunting party or family. Usually, the injured party has unknowingly moved into the line of fire, or is mistaken for game. The wearing of Blaze orange is estimated to reduce vision-impaired accidents by 50%.
Game hunting fatalities are lower than most outdoor sports. In 1996, IHEA statistics show that 87 people died in hunting-related accidents compared to 836 fatalities in boating accidents. Since 1987, fatal and non-fatal hunting and firearm injuries have been reduced by half.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that people are still hurt or killed in hunting accidents, causing personal injury and financial distress to the victim and family members. The Cincinnati, Ohio law firm of O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA employs a competent staff of personal injury attorneys to assist you in the event of a hunting or firearms mishap. Call 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 to set up an initial evaluation of your case.
If you have lost a loved one or have experienced personal injury in a hunting accident, contact our law offices to investigate your right to file suit for recovery of medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Over the past 28 years, our personal injury attorneys have won millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We will help you determine the best approach for winning compensation in your particular case.
IHEA has a set of Ten Commandments that reduce hunting injuries and fatalities. Hunters who don’t follow these rules have a higher risk of injury and death.
- Treat every gun as if it was loaded
- Be in control of your muzzle at all times; don’t pull a gun toward you by the muzzle
- Keep barrel and action free of obstructions
- Verify your target before pulling the trigger
- Disarm guns and store securely with safety engaged when not in use, both at home and in your vehicle
- Never point guns at items that you don’t intend to shoot
- Never climb or jump with a loaded gun
- Don’t shoot at hard, flat surfaces or water
- Stow guns and ammunition away from children and unsafe adults
- Don’t drink alcohol before or during shooting
Shotguns and rifles are the guns most often used in hunting accidents. Shooting injuries are commonly covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. Individual hunting accident insurance policies are also available from hunting clubs and organizations.
Following a hunting injury, immediately file a police report and request copies of everything you sign. The Department of Environmental Conservation Hunting or the local authorities will often investigate this type of accident.
Because of ignorance of the law and their rights, many victims of hunting accidents are not compensated fairly. Our personal injury attorneys at O’Connor Acciani & Levy are aware of the complexities of the law and will defend you in your hearing and with intimidating insurance companies.
Contact O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 if you have been injured with a firearm in a hunting-related accident. We will return your call promptly, often within 24 hours, and there is never a charge for the initial consultation.
Court costs and case expenses by law are responsibility of the client.