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St. Joe man mistaken for turkey, shot in the head

Being mistaken for a turkey is no laughing matter. But that is exactly what happened in a Missouri hunting accident in Andrew County on April 29. A 39-year-old man was returning to his fellow hunter and their car at Honey Creek Conservation when he was shot in the head by someone who thought he was a turkey. While the nature and extent of the head injury was not clear from initial reports, he was rushed by ambulance to the Heartland Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to another hospital.

Further details of the accident were not disclosed. However, a representative of the Missouri Department of Conservation characterized the incident as an accident. The matter was under investigation by that department, and the Andrew County prosecuting attorney's office is also said to be considering charges. Unusually dense vegetation this spring has apparently limited visibility, and a department spokesman suggested that hunters wear bright orange vests as opposed to the camouflage that many prefer.

While it remains to be seen what the accident investigations will ultimately disclose, a man has suffered an apparently serious head injury as a result of this hunting accident. Once all the details are known, authorities should be able to determine exactly how the incident occurred and who was responsible.

Missouri law provides for the right of seriously injured victims hurt by the negligence of another to seek monetary damages through a personal injury claim. People injured in similar accidents will surely have significant medical bills and other expenses, as well as lost time from any work, as they recover. For those who decide to file a claim for reimbursement, a successful result would likely include reimbursement for necessary expenses incurred, lost income, as well as pain and suffering related to the injuries sustained.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Hunting accident seriously injures St. Joe man," Jennifer Hall, April 30, 2012

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