Hunting is one of the most popular recreational sports in the world. Millions of people enter the woods every year armed with rifles and bows and arrows in search of large game and the thrill of the hunt. The most popular form is deer hunting. Clandestine in nature, deer hunting requires the right equipment and more importantly, patience. It is no wonder that nearly 90 percent of deer hunters use tree stands to gain an advantage over their prey.
Deer stand platforms allow a hunter to position himself out of sight of game for optimal camouflage and shooting position. While there are several designs, the majority of commercially built deer stands are attached to trees at heights exceeding 10 feet. If a stand is defective, a hunter is at serious risk of suffering severe injuries.
Reports of stands detaching from trees are not uncommon. If a hunter is not wearing a safety harness they will fall to the ground. Permanent paralysis
and even fatal injuries are sometimes an unfortunate result. Hunters are also at risk of breaking bones
or dislocating body parts if their stand collapses and they are wearing their harness improperly. Making matters worse, because people usually hunt alone, it can often be hours before an injured person is found.
It is estimated that nearly 10 percent of all deer hunters using elevated devices will fall over the course of a 10-year-period. Besides injuries, the medical costs of a trip to the emergency room, rehabilitation fees and lost wages can make a fall from a defective deer tree stand a miserable experience.
If you have been the victim of a tree stand accident, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Sporting Goods: Overview
- Broken Back: Overview
- Broken Bones: Overview
- Coma: Overview
- Dislocation: Overview
- Head & Brain Injury
- Loss of Limb
- Paralysis: Overview
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Wounds: Overview