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Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.


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Who Should You Sue If You Are Accidentally Shot During A Hunting Trip?

by Gina Hill

If you have been injured in a hunting accident, then the first step to getting the compensation you clearly deserve is to identify the liable party. Here are some of the potential parties you may hold responsible for such an accident:

The Shooter

In many shooting accidents, the shooter almost always bears part of the blame. However, shooter liability isn't automatic, you must prove that the shooter did something to cause the accident or failed to do something, and this lead to the accidental shooting. For example, a common hunting safety tip is to keep the finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Therefore, a hunter who keeps their finger on the trigger at all times may be accused of negligence if they accidentally shoot someone.

The Training Instructor

It's also possible to hold the training instructor, the one who trained the shooter how to handle a gun, liable for your injuries. As you can expect, this is only possible if you can prove that inadequate training led to the accidental shooting. This is usually difficult to prove except in cases where the person is clearly or obviously incompetent and shouldn't be allowed to handle a gun.

The Parents of the Shooter                 

If the shooter is a minor, then you may also be able to hold their parents responsible for your damages. This is possible because of the legal principle of parental liability that makes parents responsible for the actions. This is especially possible if the child acted maliciously or intentionally. The younger the child is, the more likely their parent is to be held liable for their actions; older children are usually responsible for their own actions.

The Owner of the Weapon

If the weapon that fired the bullet was borrowed or rented, then the actual owner of the weapon may also be roped into the liability. This only applies if the shooter (borrower) is incompetent or obviously negligent and should be allowed to fire a gun. A good example is when a gun owner allows an intoxicated person to borrow their gun, and the inebriated person ends up shooting you accidentally.

The Weapon Manufacture

Lastly, the gum manufacturer may also be on the hook for the accident if the gun was defectively manufactured, and it is the defect that led to the accidental shooting. In this case, you will probably need an expert witness to convince the judge or jury that the gun was defective. Expect the gun manufacturer to put up a spirited defense.

In some cases, multiple parties may be legally responsible for your accident. An injury law office like Haskin & Associates LLC should help you identify all these parties and maximize your claim.