The fresh air, tranquil surroundings, dazzling scenery, and thrill of the chase make hunting a gratifying experience for millions of hunters nationwide. Although most outings are enjoyed without incident, sometimes things go awry.
Look Out for Faulty Tree Stands and Stray Bullets
Tree stands account for more injuries to hunters each year than guns. According to market research, over 80 percent of deer hunters armed with guns utilize tree stands at least occasionally; deer hunters using bows, 90+ percent. Tree stands offer a broader view and make it easier to avoid detection. However, the elevation lends itself to falls and sometimes-devastating injuries, including fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and death.
Human error accounts for a significant percentage of tree-stand falls, but mechanical error is nearly its equal. Stands, straps, and steps/ladders sometimes break, putting hunters at risk. There have been at least 15 tree-stand‒related recalls since the year 2000.
Property owners who allow hunting on their property generally have a duty to warn hunters about dangerous conditions they are aware of, or should have been aware of—for example, an old well that may be obscured. Failure to do so may render property owners liable for subsequent injuries. Owners are also responsible for the condition of tree stands they install on their property.
All hunters are responsible for identifying their target before firing a weapon. Carelessness or recklessness (sometimes involving alcohol), miscommunication between hunters, and stray bullets from other hunting parties can lead to serious, sometimes fatal, injuries. Weapon defects/misfires can spell trouble as well.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help
If you suffer a hunting injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to obtain the compensation you deserve.You can reach the office at 907-771-9002.