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New Jersey Crossbow Hunter Suffers Injury in Accident

A New Jersey man is among four crossbow hunters who each suffered a severe thumb injury while using the same brand of bow. The men have sued the bow's manufacturer, claiming that it was negligent for failing to remedy severe design defects in the weapons.

The suit was brought against Barnett Outdoors, the bow manufacturer, Cabela's, Inc., which sold the bows, and other companies.

Barnett has been selling crossbows for about 30 years and has sold over one million to date.

The plaintiffs claim that Barnett knew that hunters could be hurt if their fingers or thumbs were in the path of the bow string. The bow does not include a thumb guard.

Hunting accidents involving bows are less common that hunting accidents involving guns.

Children are also disproportionately likely to be injured in hunting accidents. According to the International Hunter Education Association, of 445 hunting accidents in 2004, 23% involved children. 20 of the hunting accidents involving children were fatal.

In New Jersey, children as young as 10 years old may obtain a free hunting license after completing a hunter safety course.

One New Jersey mother opposed to allowing children to hunt commented:

When my sons were 10, they could not even aim into the toilet, so why would anyone put a firearm or other dangerous weapon in their hands at that age?"

In January, a New Jersey man accidentally shot his 14-year-old son in the face while they were deer-hunting in southern New Jersey.

The father was aiming at a deer, but struck his son with a buckshot pellet that went through the boy's cheek. The wound was not considered life-threatening.

If you've been involved in a hunting accident, or suffered any other kind of serious personal injury, contact an experienced personal injury law attorney at the New Jersey Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.

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