Hunting Accidents


There are many instrumentalities that can lead to injuries or death while hunting. At Monsees & Mayer, we have experience with them all. Whether you are a firearms hunter or bow hunter, whether you hunt from the ground or from elevated tree stands and whether or not your injury was self-inflicted or at the hands of a companion or bystander, we are prepared to investigate and evaluate your injuries. The true cause of a hunting injury may not always be how it looks on the surface.

Hunting accidents don’t always happen by accident. Sometimes injuries suffered while hunting are caused by the carelessness of companions. At other times, dangerous products may be involved. Still other injuries may be the result of manmade hazards on the real property where a hunt is conducted. Each scenario requires the careful examination and investigation of an experienced attorney.  If you seek legal counsel from Monsees & Mayer, you will deal with attorneys who not only know hunting products and firearms, they are hunters and gun gurus themselves. If you or someone you love was injured while hunting or shooting guns, you may have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and other losses.

At the law firm of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri, our attorneys represent people who are injured due to the negligence of others in all types of sporting accidents, including hunting accidents. Call 816-326-1135 to discuss your case with one of our attorneys.

In addition to injured hunters, we represent family members in cases of wrongful death in hunting and shooting accidents.

Strong, Capable Representation For Hunters And Their Families

Many hunting accidents involve negligence. Here are a few examples:

Gunshot Injuries

Most gunshot injuries involve members of the same hunting party who are in close proximity at the time of the accident. Examples include accidental discharge when crossing a fence, tripping or handing a weapon to another person. Sometimes hunters are quick to fire at anything that moves and they mistake a person for game. In many cases, alcohol is a factor. Damages in these cases are often covered by the negligent hunter’s homeowners insurance.  Claims or lawsuits may also arise when gun owners fail to properly store and secure firearms, resulting in access to children or unknowing adults who cause or suffer their own gunshot wounds.

Defective Deer Stands

Hunters can suffer devastating injuries and even death when a tree stand, tree strap, or climbing stick buckles or breaks while a hunter is using it. These accidents may be caused by poor design, defective parts, or inadequate safety warnings. In these cases, the manufacturer, distributor and even the store that sold the product may be liable.  Stands can fail and fall due to poorly designed or manufactured straps that secure the stand to the tree, climbing ladders or sticks, defective cables or design or metallurgical defects in the stands themselves. The consequences can be disastrous when someone plummets 20 or more feet to the ground.  Fractures, brain trauma, paralysis and death may result.  Even tree stand safety devices, such as full body harnesses or safety straps, can cost a life they were intended to save.  Suspension trauma, that results as someone hangs suspended from a tree following a tree stand collapse or a fall from the stand itself, can cause death in as little as 30 minutes.

Defective Firearms

Guns with design or manufacturing defects such as the Remington 700 are accidents waiting to happen. The manufacturer, distributor and even the store that sold the gun may be liable.  Some such injuries are self-inflicted.  Many people do not recognize that a self-inflicted wound can be the result of a defect in the firearm or the ammunition that was used at the time the rifle fired.  Any firearm that fires without a pull of the trigger, should be investigated for possible product defects.  A rifle should not fire when the mechanical safety is engaged, when the trigger is not pulled or when it is dropped.  Handguns or long guns can both suffer from product defects.  Nearly all firearm manufacturers, at one time or another, have recalled defective guns.  The times when such manufacturers should have recalled defective firearms are more numerous.

ATV Injuries

Accidents involving all-terrain vehicles are unfortunately common on hunting trips. If the accident was caused by a design or manufacturing defect, the manufacturer of the ATV may be liable. If the accident was caused by a careless operator, his or her homeowners insurance may pay for your losses.  ATV’s may suddenly accelerate, have stability defects or steering defects that should be addressed by proper legal action.

Our lawyers have represented clients injured in Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, New York, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana and Montana.  In many of the prime hunting areas near Table Rock Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, and western Kansas hunting tragedies occur with each hunting season.

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Contact Monsees & Mayer, P.C., to get your questions answered. We will be happy to discuss your accident case with you, confidentially and free of charge.



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