According to a 1993 survey by Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine, more than a third of hunters will end up falling from a tree stand. Additionally, 3% of those who fall from a tree stand will be severely crippled.
Hunting season is already under full swing in many states, including West Virginia. Already there have been a number of injuries, including a fatality in Maryland when Paul Joseph Kemper Jr., 55, of Pennsylvania, fell 25 feet from a tree stand, according to a report in Savannah Now.
Tree stands serve as an advantage to hunters who are trying to find their target; however, they can also pose a serious risk for injury. If a hunter is out alone and falls from a tree stand, what could have been a treatable condition can quickly become life-threatening.
According to a study done in West Virginia from 1994 to 1999, it was discovered that 90 hunters suffered injuries from a tree stand fall. Of those injuries reported:
- 47% received broken arms or legs;
- 36% suffered spinal fractures;
- 20% received a head injury; and
- 21% only suffered minor injuries.
Sadly, 7 of the hunters died from their injuries.
You can learn more about common tree stand fall injuries by visiting our article library. If a defective product led to your tree stand fall, you may be able to pursue a claim against the manufacturer. Contact a Clarksburg hunting accident lawyer today to determine if you have legal options after your West Virginia hunting accident.
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