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Rochester Hunting Accident Lawyers

If you or a family member has been injured in a hunting or firearm accident, the personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, want to help. Our Rochester hunting and firearm accident attorneys represent injured clients throughout New York, offering legal representation to secure the maximum compensation available in a thoughtful manner meant to serve each client’s best interests.

Contact us today at for a free consultation. If you’re unable to travel, rest assured that we make house calls and can meet with you at your home or hospital in Rochester and surrounding areas. Let us meet with you to discuss your case. We pledge to fight to get you the compensation you deserve!

New York Hunting and Firearm Accidents Can Result in Grave Injury

New York has a lot of hunters and gun enthusiasts.  The state’s hunters and sportsmen enjoy shooting shotguns, rifles, pistols, and even “black powder” muzzle loaders of historic vintage. The Department of Environmental Conservation says that hunting is one of the most popular forms of wildlife recreation in the state, with nearly 700,000 New Yorkers and over 50,000 nonresidents hunting within New York’s borders.

Compared to many other recreational activities, hunting and shooting are statistically safe. In addition, New York requires that all new hunters take a sportsman’s education class in order to receive a hunting license.

Still, with such large numbers of people actively using firearms of all kinds, it’s inevitable that there exists a substantial opportunity for serious and deadly accidents.

Fortunately, 2011 was among the safest on record for New York hunters. But even so, the Department reported 26 personal injury hunting-related shooting incidents, including four deaths.

None of those accidents should have happened. Every shooting accident is preventable.

Whether someone is hunting, target shooting at a firing range, or enjoying the lawful use of firearms in any other way, following the fundamental rules of firearm safety will ensure that nobody suffers a firearm injury:

  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded at all times.
  • Always keep a firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Know where your shot will go, whether you hit your target or miss.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your gun is aimed at your target.

Forgetting those rules leads to the most common scenarios for firearms accidents:

  • Negligent discharge while running or walking with a loaded firearm
  • Negligent discharge while placing or removing a loaded firearm in a vehicle
  • Negligent discharge of a firearm left in an insecure resting place
  • Accidentally injuring someone while shooting across a roadway
  • Accidentally injuring someone while shooting near occupied buildings, schools and playgrounds
  • Accidentally injuring someone when shooting without a clear view of the target and beyond
  • Failing to engage a firearm’s “safety” mechanism
  • Negligent discharge when crossing fences, climbing trees, or carrying out any other awkward activities with a loaded gun

It’s also important for hunters to wear clothing with the highly visible color often known as “hunter orange.”

If You’ve Suffered a Hunting or Firearm Injury, Contact Our Rochester Injury Attorneys Today

If you or a family member has been injured as the result of a hunting or firearm accident, you may be entitled to compensation from whoever caused the accident. The damages available can include compensation for pain and suffering, lost past and future income, medical expenses, and property damage. In many cases, homeowners insurance will cover damages arising from a firearm injury, including the liability of family members living at the home. Often, hunters also carry separate hunting accident insurance available from hunting clubs and organizations, for the benefit of accident victims.

Let the personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, put their skill and resources to work for you. We’re ready to begin helping you with your hunting or firearm injury claim and any other legal problems that might arise while your case is pending.

You can call or use our online form. We will discuss your case at no cost to you. We represent injured clients in Rochester and throughout New York, including Elmira, Syracuse, Watertown, and Binghamton. Contact a Rochester hunting and firearm injury lawyer at our offices today.

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