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Elmira Hunting & Firearms Accident Attorneys

New York hunting and firearm accidents can cause serious, and even fatal, injuries, leaving victims and their families to deal with long-term injuries and significant medical bills. Some of these accidents are truly unpreventable, and no one is to blame. When a hunting or firearm accident occurs because of negligent or reckless behavior, however, the victim may be entitled to file a claim for damages.

At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we represent New York victims and their families who have suffered because of hunting and firearm accidents. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a hunting or firearm accident, contact out attorneys today for a FREE consultation or you can submit an online contact form.  We Make House Calls.

A Closer Look at New York Hunting Accidents

The state of New York has an estimated 700,000 hunters, whose arsenal includes shotguns, rifles, muzzleloaders and even handguns. Despite the lethal nature of firearms, statistically, hunting is a safe sport compared to other outdoor sports. However, accidents do happen – typically when one hunter shoots another in the same hunting party by mistake. Violations of safety regulations or game laws are often to blame.

The most common factors involved in hunting and firearm accidents include:

  • Running or walking with a loaded firearm;
  • Placing or removing a loaded firearm in a vehicle;
  • Firearms in insecure resting place;
  • Shooting across the roadway;
  • Shooting near occupied buildings, schools and playgrounds;
  • Unclear sight of target and beyond;
  • The firearm’s “safety” has not been engaged;
  • Crossing fences, climbing trees or any awkward action with a loaded gun.

Hunting accident injuries are often covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. Some hunters also carry separate hunting accident insurance. So if you have been hurt in a hunting accident, you may be able to file a claim against the insurance company of the responsible party. However, insurance companies do not always honor claims, or they may offer insufficient compensation that does not adequately address the severity of your injuries. When you are unable to recover fair damages for your hunting injuries, an attorney can help.

Your first step whenever you have been involved in a hunting accident is to file a police report, and, depending on your locale, you may also be required to file a report with the Department of Environmental Conservation. A successful claim will require evidence of any reports filed, so it’s important to request copies. Once you have filed the appropriate reports, you should seek medical attention if you have not done so already. You will also file a claim – but wait to sign any insurance releases until you have spoken to an attorney. This is particularly important if you haven’t yet received a final diagnosis of your medical condition, because you don’t want to sign anything attesting to the nature of your injuries without fully understanding their extent.

The Elmira, New York, attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates have handled countless hunting accident cases, and we can review your claim to determine the best strategy to obtain maximum compensation. If we feel you will recover more by settling with the insurance company, we will tell you so – but we are fully prepared to fight in the courtroom or with the insurance representatives in order to protect your rights. We have the resources and experience to investigate all avenues to determine who was at fault for your injury and to prove your entitlement to compensation.

Contact Our New York Hunting Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as the result of a hunting or firearm accident, our attorneys are ready to help. We handle cases in Elmira, Binghamton, Watertown, Rochester, Syracuse and throughout the state.

Contact the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) , or you can submit an online contact form.  We Make House Calls.

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