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Pennsylvania man accidentally shot and killed by deer hunter

We hear about these type of stories every autumn in rural Pennsylvania areas: a person is mistaken for a deer by a hunter and is accidentally shot. Such an incident is alleged to have caused the death of a 52-year old Pennsylvania man, and this is now the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit.

The defendant in this case just happens to be a convicted felon that was not supposed to have been in possession of a firearm at the time that the accident occurred. The deceased man's widow brought this case against the hunter charging that the hunter had acted carelessly and recklessly in actions that led to the death of her husband. She also named other individuals into the lawsuit - at least one of which was in the hunting party and was claimed did not act quickly to seek medical assistance for the deceased man.

The attorney for the hunter had attempted to have the case moved to federal court.  There were also questions as to whether the claims against all the defendants were the same and should be tried in state court.  However, since it appeared that all of the defendant's were from Pennsylvania, the court felt that it would not be appropriate to have this case tried in federal court.

Understandably, attorneys for defendants will try to do what they can to make trying such cases difficult for the plaintiffs.  It's because of the number of complicated issues that are being tried that family members should seek the advice of attorneys that have a great deal of experience in trying wrongful death and personal injury type of cases.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Wrongful death case initiated by slain hunter's widow remanded to Pa. state court," by Jon Campisi, May 1, 2013

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