Hunting is a popular pastime in Wisconsin. Hunters welcome the serenity that the forests offer, the opportunity to meet with fellow hunters and the challenge of the hunt. Unfortunately, hunting is an inherently dangerous activity. Even as conscientious as most hunters are, accidents do happen, with a majority of them involving a gunshot wound. The legal issues surrounding hunting accidents are complex, and can be emotionally charged. For example, can a person recover for a gunshot wound caused by a stray bullet? Who is responsible if a tree stand fails? Are insurance companies involved in these types of injuries? Only an attorney with the familiarity and experience in this type of matter will be able to assess your situation and answer your questions.
There are safety guidelines that should be followed to reduce the risk for a hunting accident. Some of these measures include treating every firearm as if it were loaded, always pointing the muzzle in a safe direction, being certain of your target and what is behind it, and keeping your finger outside of the trigger guard until ready to shoot. For more detailed information on firearm safety, hunting regulations and hunting education, visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website or follow this link: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/es/enforcement/safety/hunttip.htm.
If you are involved in a hunting injury, you need the advice of a personal injury attorney who understands the sport and the complex issues involved. Attorneys Jerome Tlusty and Bradley Kennedy have been hunting in Wisconsin most of their lives. They have the personal experience necessary to evaluate your situation and the skill to assist you in being fairly compensated for your hunting or gun-related injuries. Contact Tlusty & Kennedy, S.C. for your free initial consultation. We are here to help.