If you were shot while hunting, you may feel like the unluckiest person in the world. In reality, about 15% of all gunshot deaths in the US are the result of hunting accidents. About 1000 people are shot each year in hunting accidents, and 75 of them result in fatalities.
If you’re reading this after taking a bullet, you can consider yourself extremely lucky. Surviving a gunshot is almost completely dependent on where the bullet enters your body. If you’re shot in the arm or leg, then the most likely way of dying is through blood loss. You may not die instantly, but you could lose your life over the course of a few days, perhaps through infection. On the contrary, a shot to the heart or brainstem can be a near-instant death.
Are you recovering from an accidental gunshot wound in New Mexico?
You may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with The Law Office of Brian K Branch. Branch’s team of attorneys has been getting results with personal injury cases for over three decades. They can tell you whether or not you have a case. If you do, they can help you take your first steps on the road towards compensation.
How do I know if I’m entitled to compensation?
The main factor in a lawsuit involving a hunting accident lawsuit in New Mexico is determining if the person who shot you was acting in a negligent manner. If they were aiming for a target, and the bullet traveled half a mile before hitting you, you may not have a strong case. This is especially true if that person was following all the necessary rules and regulations.
On the contrary, there are quite a few things that could constitute negligence on the part of the shooter, and these are the things that a qualified attorney can investigate. For example, if the person was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they could be considered negligent and liable.
There are other instances of “horseplay” that could constitute negligence. A classic example is when someone aims at you as a joke. Or perhaps they were trying to do an irresponsible “trick shot,” or engaging in some other form of reckless behavior.
It may be discovered that the person who shot you was a minor. In this case, their parents would end up being the defendant.
These are the things that need to be investigated before you can obtain compensation for your injuries.
Compensation can come in the form of:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Therapy costs
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Do you need help getting compensation after a hunting accident?
As a firm that’s been dealing with personal injury cases in New Mexico for over three decades, there’s not much the Law Office of Brian K Branch hasn’t already dealt with. Get in touch today.
The Law Office of Brian K Branch
715 Marquette Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Toll Free: 888.972.1212