Our law firm has recovered several sizable settlements for injured hunters from the homeowners’ insurance of their fellow hunters who accidentally fired at them. Maneuvering past the insurance issues can be tough, as I explain in this blog post:
But as a Central New York hunting accident lawyer who represents injured and shot hunters, I have to ask you to please remember safety! According to the International Hunter Education Association, hunters accidently shoot about 1,000 people in the US and Canada every year. About 100 of the 1,000 shootings are fatal. In fact, I handled a hunter-shot-hunter case last year. Luckily my client was not killed, but he was seriously injured by the other hunter who mistook him for a deer.
The victims of hunting accidents are usually fellow hunters, but not always. I remember reading about a case a few years ago where a woman was hanging clothes up to dry in her back yard, which was near some woods. She was wearing white gloves. A hunter mistook her white glove for a deer tale and shot her dead. She left behind several young children. Tragic!
If you’re a Central New York hunter and you accidently shoot a fellow hunter, you sure would feel bad, right? I mean Central New York shooting accidents, like hunting accidents everywhere, can kill, seriously injure and maim. But there’s insurance for that, right? I mean, if you are a hunter, and you own a home, your homeowner’s insurance will protect you if you accidently shoot another hunter, right?
Think again. Here’s a true story. A Central New York deer hunter goes out hunting in the hours where night is turning to day. He is in his tree stand waiting. He sees a deer. He aims, shoots, fires and — hears a man scream. He just shot another hunter! The deer wasn’t a deer, it was a hunter whom he mistook for a deer.
When he calms down, and he is assured that his victim is not going to die, but is seriously hurt, he thanks his lucky stars that at least he has homeowner’s insurance. He realizes that homeowner’s insurance covers accidents like this, so the poor guy he shot will at least get his medical bills and lost wages paid, and maybe even some compensation for any pain and suffering.