After a Tree Stand Accident
You're a hunter, and the unthinkable just happened – you wake up in the hospital after a tree stand accident. You potentially suffered a spinal cord injury and broken bones. The question is: What caused your accident? What should you do? Is it possible you weren't at fault for this accident?
Tree stand accidents can be very complex – especially if there was a design flaw or defect in the tree stand. If you (or someone you love) were injured while using another person's tree stand, you may have a case and be able to file a claim with their homeowner's insurance carrier.
You may deserve compensation for your injuries, but you need a no obligation, free legal consultation to answer your tree stand accident questions. There are also several things you should do to protect your legal rights.
Steps to Take After a Tree Stand Accident
If you were hurt in a hunting accident involving a tree stand, preserving evidence is very important. Be sure to do the following:
- Seek medical help right away to document your injuries. Tree stand injuries can be especially dangerous, because it may take an hour or longer for EMS personnel to reach you and get you to a hospital.
- Keep records of all medical procedures, bills, prescription and over-the-counter medications, etc.
- Take photos of the place where the accident happened (with time stamps on them), your injuries, the parts or pieces that may have broken, and the tree stand itself.
- Tell the owner of the tree stand or the property to preserve the scene of the accident. Get contact information for the owner.
- Tell the owner of the tree stand or property to contact their homeowner's insurance carrier.
- If the tree stand was yours and a part broke suddenly or without explanation, track down the original packaging and purchase receipt if you have them. Record the serial number, make, and model of the tree stand. This is especially important to identify the manufacturer or seller of the tree stand.
- Contact Edgar Snyder & Associates for a free case review. There's no obligation to use our services, and we can help you determine whether you have a case.
- Notify your state Game Commission organization, such as the Pennsylvania Game Commission, of the accident.