A 13-year-old boy was killed in the state while hunting squirrels back in February. The accident took place during an event that was sponsored by a church group in Oceana County, Michigan. Soon after the death, a wrongful death, personal injury lawsuit was filed on behalf of the young boy.
The man who allegedly fired the fatal shot has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. He could face as many as 15 years in prison for the death if he is found guilty. The 62-year-old claimed that the bullet ricocheted before striking the boy, but an expert hired by the plaintiff’s lawyer disputed that claim. The accused is listed as a hunter safety instructor in the state.
According to reports, the boy was struck in the back of the head while hunting, and the bullet lodged in the front of his skull. His mother contacted an attorney three days after the shooting in order to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of her boy. She sued both the man accused in the death and the youth outreach program which sponsored the event. The program has agreed to pay a million dollars as a full settlement to the boy’s family.
When a tragedy like this strikes in Michigan, families are often left devastated emotionally. The toll of time lost from work, funeral and medical costs, emotional trauma, and other losses can increase that devastation. A personal injury attorney can help the family to seek damages in a wrongful death lawsuit and attempt to receive compensation for those losses.
Source: wzzm13.com, “Family of Wyoming boy killed on hunting trip reaches $1 million settlement”, John Hogan, Aug. 9, 2017