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Death Of A Hunter: Compensation Available?

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The death of a hunter near Flat Bay this week raises the question, whether the family of the deceased might have an action for financial compensation for wrongful death. 

The deceased is described as a 31-year-old man from St. Theresa's, pronounced dead of a gunshot wound. The deceased was from the same hunting party as the shooter.

Firearms are obviously lethal and extremely dangerous, but when used in accordance with the rules of safety pose no harm. The shooting sports are actually extremely safe. It seems that the safety rules were violated in this case, as in any case involving a hunter shot by his own party. This tragic death was the fault of the shooter, almost certainly. The question is, can the family obtain compensation for wrongful death, and where will the compensation come from?

One source is the homeowner policy of the shooter. The standard coverage of the homeowner policy is coverage for personal injury. No doubt the shooter is remorseful about this tragedy.  However, a 31-year-old hunter is likely to have left dependents behind, and after the grief of the tragedy takes its course and eventually subsides, there is a family which needs financial support.  They should seek advice from a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

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