Our Michigan hunting accident injury lawyers often represent hunters and their families in lawsuits arising out of hunting injuries. While hunting provides great sport and recreation for many, there are unfortunately many serious accidents and injuries that occur during the hunting season. Most injuries occur from accidental shootings and cause serious and catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death.
Many times the victim is from the same hunting group as the shooter, but often the victim is from a totally different group. The primary causes of two-party hunting accidents involve a hunter swinging on game, covering their hunting partners, or not seeing their partners. Most common causes of hunting injuries include moving into the hunter's line of fire; the victim was covered while the hunter was swinging on game; or the victim was out of sight of the hunter and/or the shooter failed to identify the target (mistaken for game).
In most cases, a person involved in a hunting accident 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 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.
The law holds a negligent party in a hunting accident responsible for the injuries and losses sustained by the hunting injury victim. In the case of someone who has died as a result of a hunting accident, the family of the deceased has the right to recover money damages for their loss. This gives rise to a wrongful death lawsuit. Most settlements are paid by the insurance company for the negligent party or shooter.
Other cases involve defective equipment. Many hunters are injured in tree stand accidents, which often result in spinal cord injuries. Other times, hunters suffer carbon monoxide poisoning injuries in campers and cabins due to defective heaters.
If you have suffered a hunting injury or lost a loved one due to a hunting accident, contact a Michigan hunting accident attorney as soon as possible to understand your legal rights.