November 29, 2010 - Medline Plus reports that according to a study from Ohio State University, falls are the leading cause of hunter injuries. While gun injuries have always been a concern when it comes to hunting, it is likely that falls from tree stands may be a bigger concern.
This comes after researchers conducted a study on hunting injury admissions at 2 Ohio hospitals over the past 10 years. Of 130 hunter-related injuries, half of them involved falls and 29% were related to gunshots. Of the falls, 92% were the result of a fall from a tree stand.
Other findings from this study include:
- failure to use a safety harness attributed to most falls;
- drugs and alcohol were a factor in less than 10% of injuries;
- 59% of the victims suffered fractures;
- 8.2% of the victims suffered permanent neurological damage; and
- 81% of the victims had to undergo surgery for their injuries.
Although this study was conducted in Ohio, researchers indicate that the risk of falling from a tree stand is significant for hunters in any state.
Contact a West Virginia hunting accident attorney today if you have suffered a serious hunting-related injury that involved the negligence of another. You may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim.
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