Being shot or falling from a high height in a hunting accident can lead to serious, even life-threatening injuries. The shock and fear involved in an accident like this, as well as the physical injuries, can be made worse if you are far from help and it takes a long time to get you the medical attention you need. If you or a loved one was injured in a hunting accident in Texas, contact our Dallas hunting accident lawyers today.
The Queenan Law Firm’s Dallas hunting accident lawyers represent the victims of hunting accidents and work to get them the compensation they deserve from negligent shooters and other negligent parties. To schedule a free legal consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (817) 476-1797.
Injuries from Hunting Accidents
When people think of hunting accidents, the primary injury they think of is a gunshot wound. While injuries from negligent handling of firearms and accidental shootings are some of the most serious hunting injuries, there are also other injuries that can occur because of hunting accidents. In cases where someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for any of the following hunting accident injuries:
As mentioned, gunshot wounds are some of the most visible injuries in hunting accidents. Even the most experienced gun owners can make mistakes when they are tired or pressured, and accidental discharges can cause serious injuries. In cases involving shotguns, the injuries might be spread out if the victim was far away from the gun when it went off, but injuries from rifles and close-range discharge can be severe or even deadly.
Stab and Puncture Wounds
Mishandling equipment like a knife or accidentally firing a bow and arrow can result in serious injuries if you are stabbed or impaled by one of these items. If a knife is improperly made, the manufacturer or blacksmith that made it could be liable for injuries sustained when the knife breaks. Additionally, anyone who accidentally shoots you with a bow and arrow can be held liable in the same manner as someone who accidentally shoots you.
Cuts and Lacerations
Again, the injuries sustained from defective or dangerous knives and other tools could be severe. If a knife, hatchet, or other tool breaks, you could suffer serious cuts because of the defective product.
Falling from a high height can result in serious broken bone injuries. Broken arms, legs, collar bones, ribs, and other injuries might occur, with more severe injuries causing bleeding and the potential for infection if the injury goes untreated after puncturing the skin.
Falls, slips, and other accidents can result in serious brain trauma. Brain damage often produces long-term or life-altering injuries, potentially leading to serious cognitive issues, memory issues, motor function problems, and other serious effects.
Spine and Neck Injuries
Falling out of a treestand or from another high location can cause serious back and spine injuries, including paralysis. If the treestand broke, was designed improperly, or was negligently set-up by someone else, you may be entitled to sue them for your injuries.
Suing for Hunting Injuries in Texas
If you faced serious injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to sue them in court for damages. Many hunting accidents are pure accidents or occur because of your own mistakes or injuries from a wild animal. While insurance might cover some of the costs of these injuries, you may be entitled to full damages any time you suffer an injury because of someone else’s mistakes.
To prove your injury was someone else’s fault, you must prove that they owed you a duty to keep you safe, they breached that duty, and that that breach caused the injuries and other damages that you face. The following are all examples of the duty you may be owed while hunting:
- In cases where you are out with a hunting instructor or guide, they may be responsible for your safety in many situations.
- Anyone who sets up equipment or maintains permanent treestands and other fixtures on the hunting grounds may also be responsible for your safety.
- Your hunting companions owe you a duty of safely operating their firearms and other tools and weapons to avoid injuring you. Any failure to uphold these duties can open one of these responsible parties to liability.
- The manufacturers of your weapons and other equipment may be liable for any design or manufacturing defects in their products.
The damages you face from your injury commonly include the medical bills you accumulated from the injury, any wages you missed because of your injury, and the pain and suffering you faced after the accident. Talk to an attorney about how much your case might be worth.
Contact Our Dallas Hunting Accident Attorneys for a Free Legal Consultation
For help with your hunting accident case, contact The Queenan Law Firm today. Our attorneys have experience handling hundreds of personal injury cases and getting compensation for our clients to cover their injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you were injured or you lost a loved one to a hunting accident, contact our Dallas hunting accident injury lawyers today at (817) 476-1797 to schedule a free legal consultation.