Tree Stand Injuries
Many hunters in Pennsylvania and beyond prefer a higher vantage point when hunting, making tree stands a common sight in wooded areas throughout the Keystone State. Unfortunately, too many hunters are unaware of the dangers tree stands pose and, as a result, suffer serious and sometimes even fatal injuries.
Sadly, many tree stand injuries are caused because of product defects—problems with the way they were manufactured, assembled, or marketed. Even a fall from a tree stand 6 to 8 feet up can cause significant injuries that could require surgery, and, in some cases, permanent damage that could prevent you from ever hunting or working again.
If you or someone you care about was hurt by a defective tree stand, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, missed paychecks from time off work, and pain and suffering. If your tree stand came with incorrect instructions or insufficient safety warnings and you were hurt as a result, the manufacturer could be liable for your injuries.
Don't suffer alone—we can help. Call our experienced product injury attorneys today for a free case review.
Do I Have a Case?
When you contact our legal professionals, we'll go to work to determine whether or not you have a case. Our skilled attorneys carefully consider all aspects of your case, including:
- Your injuries and future medical needs
- Scarring or permanent damage to your health
- Accident evidence
- Who was at fault
- And more
If you've been injured in a tree stand accident, don't delay— only have a limited time to file a claim. Call Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review.
Causes of Tree Stand Accidents and Injuries
Because of serious safety concerns, manufacturers have recalled many tree stand models over the years—some voluntarily and others because they were required to by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Tree stand injuries can be caused by many factors:
- Design and manufacturing defects. Poorly designed tree stands can collapse or become detached, causing a hunter to plummet to the ground.
- Assembly defects. Tree stand injuries often occur because they are built incorrectly.
- Marketing defect. Many tree stand injuries are caused because the product manufacturer failed to include correct and/or complete instructions and safety warnings.
But that's not all. Injuries also occur when:
- Hunters slip, trip and fall while entering or exiting a tree stand.
- Hunters fail to wear a safety harness, or wear one incorrectly.
- Hunters use someone else's unsafe tree stand without permission.
Types of Tree Stand Injuries
Tree stand injuries can be serious, and sometimes even fatal. Common tree stand injuries include:
If you were seriously hurt in a tree stand accident, don't delay— accident victims have strict deadlines to file legal claims. Call the experienced product injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review.
5 Steps to Take After a Tree Stand Accident
Tree stand injury cases can be complex, and it's important to understand that the steps you take directly after an accident can greatly impact the outcome of your legal claim. Here are 5 steps to take after a tree stand accident:
- Get medical attention. Seek help right away to document your injuries.
- Keep a record. Right after the accident, take timestamped photos of the place where your accident occurred. Also be sure to take pictures of the tree stand, as well as any broken parts or pieces. Also keep track of all of your medical procedures, bills, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.
- Make contact. Be sure to contact the owner of the tree stand or property where your accident occurred and tell them to contact their homeowner's insurance carrier. Let them know they need to preserve the scene of the accident. After that, it's important to notify the Pennsylvania Game Commission. If your accident happened outside Pennsylvania, notify that state's game commission.
- Track down the packaging. Find and keep the tree stand's packaging, as well as the purchase receipt, if you have them. Record the serial number, make and model of the tree stand.
- Contact Edgar Snyder & Associates. Call us today for a free case review. We're available 24/7 and there's never an obligation to use our services. The quicker you call, the quicker we can put our more than three decades of experience to work for you.
Who Will Pay my Medical Bills?
When you've been injured in a tree stand accident, determining who's liable can be complex. Who will be responsible for compensating you for your medical bills, time off work, and pain and suffering depends largely on the circumstances of your accident.
Injured because of a product defect? Then you could have a product liability case against the manufacturer or distributor of the tree stand.
Injured while using someone else's tree stand? Depending on your age, whether you had permission to use the tree stand, and the efforts the owner made to warn others of the risk of the tree stand, the owner may be liable for your injuries.
Injured while trespassing on someone's property? A property owner can still be held accountable for a trespasser's injuries under certain circumstances, such as if you fail to use "reasonable care" to warn trespassers of the risk of the tree stand.
For the best possible outcome of your case, it's best to contact an experienced injury attorney. Call Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review. We're available 24/7, there's never an obligation to use our services. Plus, there's never a fee unless we get money for you.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Tree stand injury cases are complex, and navigating the legal system can be confusing, especially when you’re already reeling from being seriously hurt. When you hire the experienced injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates, we work to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Our legal team will handle the hassles and paperwork and will explain what is happening with your case every step of the way. You only have one thing to concentrate on: Getting well.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a tree stand accident, contact us today. Since 1982, we've been helping accident victims get the money they deserve for their pain and suffering—we can help you, too. We're available 24/7, and there's never a fee unless we get money for you.