In a recent study conducted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the 2012 hunting season was found to be the safest season in the last five years. Michigan hunting accident lawyers at the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims and their families who were injured in hunting accidents.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, there were only 15 hunting incidents reported resulting in one fatality in 2012. In comparison, there were only 12 incidents reported in 2011, but resulted in a higher fatality rate totaling 5 fatalities.
In one unfortunate instance involving a fatality in St. Clair County a coyote hunter reportedly shot and killed another hunter in an apparent accident. Most injuries during hunting unfortunately do occur from accidental shootings and cause serious and catastrophic injuries. Some of these injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement injuries
- Psychological injuries
- Pain and suffering injuries
- Wrongful death
Filing a Hunting Accident Lawsuit in Michigan
Victims who were injured in a Michigan hunting accident do have legal rights. Typically, a person involved in the incident must prove that the hunter who caused the injury was negligent. This means that the hunter who caused the injuries failed to act in a safe or reasonable manner or was reckless in his or her use of the firearm. Many times this negligence arises because the hunter failed to take proper safety precautions or was even intoxicated at the time of the accident.
In the case of someone who has died, the family of the deceased victim has the right to recover money damages for their loss and it may give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. Most settlements are paid by the insurance company for the negligent party or shooter.
Contact Your Michigan Hunting Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know suffers injuries in a Michigan hunting accident due to the negligence of another, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case. We offer a free, no obligation case review and will represent you under our No Fee Promise which means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. Call today to learn your rights!