Property Owner Not Liable for Wisconsin Hunter’s Injuries

July 18, 2018

An insurance company was upheld in its denial of a claim filed by a hunter who was accidentally shot in the head nearly four years ago on its insured’s property.

According to court documents, David Devine shot Patrick Humfeld in the head while both men were hunting on John Marsh’s property in Galesville in November 2014.

Humfeld sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Marsh’s insurance company, for damages last year alleging Marsh was negligent because he failed to monitor hunters on his property.

A Trempealeau County judge ruled in favor of State Farm. The 3rd District Court of Appeals upheld that ruling Tuesday, finding Wisconsin’s recreational immunity statute applies in the case. That statute generally limits property owners’ liability when a person is hurt engaging in a recreational activity on their land.

Humfeld’s attorney didn’t immediately reply to an email.

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  • July 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    FFA says:
    Hunting is such a big thing in Wis. Its a big revenue source. Nice to know that they have protected land owners. If this law applies to land owners that allow for S Mobiles &a... read more
  • July 24, 2018 at 9:52 am
    James says:
    I would guess the "thumbs-down" is for the fact that Wisconsin has that statute, but I could be wrong.
  • July 19, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Rosenblatt says:
    Why would someone down vote this comment? The judge ruled that "...Wisconsin’s recreational immunity statute applies in the case." What Roger said is 100% correct in this i... read more

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