Georgia Hunting Accident Lawyers
Although hunting and sport shooting are statistically some of the safest recreational activities, it is estimated that nearly 150 people die each year from these activities. Many more hunters, property owners, and bystanders are injured annually. Some are truly the victims of an “accident” where there was no carelessness or fault involved. However, some are the victims of a preventable tragedy. When these preventable tragedies occur, the persons or companies responsible need to be held accountable for the harm they caused.
Common causes of hunting accidents include:
- Target misidentification
- Defective weapons
- Alcohol-related negligence
- Firearm discharge
- Defective tree stands, including design and manufacture defects
- Falling objects
- Defective heaters
- Missing a target
- Shooting over a road or other public property
- Defective ammunition
- Failure to follow standard hunting safety practices
Georgia Hunting Injury Law
In most states, including Georgia, hunting accidents fall under general negligence law. This means that a person injured by another while hunting may recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. A family that has lost a loved one due to the negligence of a hunter or someone handling a firearm is also entitled to recover compensation under the state’s wrongful death laws.
But hunting accident cases can be complicated. Whether the incident happened with a rifle, shotgun, bow and arrow, throwing knife, or other weapon, there will be issues involving eye witnesses, comparative fault between parties, and the extent of injuries. It is often necessary to obtain opinions from experts, or recreate the events that took place before and after the accident. Determining sources of insurance proceeds to cover damages is also a frequently disputed issue. These are not the types of things you want to handle alone, which is why our hunting accident attorneys are here to help.
Attorneys for Hunting Injury Claims
Members of the Studstill Firm, LLP are both experienced hunters and attorneys. We understand the need for all those individuals handling a firearm to take the necessary precautions to prevent an injury to another person. When an injury or death does occur, we fight hard to ensure that the victim and their family have what they need to move forward. If you or a loved one has been injured while hunting, or by another person that failed to safely or properly handle a weapon or firearm, call our office today at (229) 247-2299.
We represent hunting accident victims across the state of Georgia from our law offices in Macon, Nashville, and Valdosta, including those near Rome, Waycross, Macon, Albany, Columbus, and Douglas.