The WV Gazette reports that according to a new Ohio State University study, tree stand falls are the most common cause of hunting injuries. The study showed that out of all the hunting accidents that occur, almost half of them are the result of a fall from a tree stand.
After a 10 year study that collected data on hunting accidents, it was found that 92% of the falls that occur during hunting accidents were from tree stands. The other common type of hunting accident included accidental shootings, which accounted for 29% of injuries.
In addition, these types of hunting accidents generally lead to severe injuries, which doesn't come as a surprise, since many of these falls take place from heights as high as 30 feet and with speeds of up to 30 mph.
The types of injuries suffered from tree stand falls include:
- Fractures - 59% (with nearly half affecting the leg or ankle and 18% affecting the arm and wrist).
- Closed head injuries - 18%.
- Neurological damage - 8%.
- Various injuries that require surgery - 81%.
While the biggest reason for falls is the failure to use a safety harness, other times a defective product can lead to an injury from a tree stand fall. Contact a Clarksburg hunting accident lawyer today to get a closer look at your case and learn your legal options.
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