Tree stand safety is a key component of hunting accident prevention. Unfortunately, injuries still occur. Tree stand accidents can be confusing, especially if the product itself was defective. The legal system can also be complex.
When you have questions, contact Edgar Snyder & Associates for a free legal consultation. You may have a case, but you need to get answers and learn your legal rights. There's no obligation to use our services, so learn more about tree stand injuries below – then call us to get started.
Q: What can I do to prevent a tree stand accident?
There are a lot of ways to help prevent tree stand accidents and injuries. Visit our Tree Stand Safety Tips page for more information. We also have a page that gives information on what to do after a tree stand accident to protect your legal rights.
Q: How can I find out if my tree stand has been recalled?
Register your tree stand when you first purchase it. That way, you should be notified if there is a recall. You also can check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Q: How often do tree stand accidents occur?
Not everyone is a hunter, so the number of tree stand accidents may seem low. However, statistics show that one in three hunting injuries involves a tree stand. According to a magazine survey from 1993 (the most recent statistics available published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine in 2009), 9.5 million of the 11 million deer hunters in the U.S. used a tree stand. Approximately 2.5 million fell from a tree stand, causing 105,000 injuries. Pennsylvania had over 900,000 hunters in 2009, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In Pennsylvania from 1987 to 2006, 499 people were injured in tree stand accidents. Only 8 were wearing a restraint at the time of the fall. Seven people died.
Q: What if someone else was injured on my tree stand?
If someone was injured on your tree stand, preserve the tree stand as it was when the accident occurred. If you alter the tree stand, you may destroy evidence. Notify your homeowner's insurance carrier about the incident. Take photos of warning signs you have posted and any other ways you attempted to warn others about the potential danger of the tree stand.
Q: What if I was injured while using someone else's tree stand?
Notify the owner of the tree stand, or the person who owns the property you were on at the time of the accident, to preserve the scene – meaning, don't move the tree stand or anything near the spot where the accident occurred. Take pictures if you can, or have someone return to the tree stand to take photos as soon as possible. Ask the owner of the property to notify their homeowner's insurance carrier. 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. Visit our After a Tree Stand Accident webpage for more information on protecting your legal rights – then contact Edgar Snyder & Associates for a free legal consultation to find out if you have a case.
Q: What if I was injured while using a tree stand that someone else made?
Notify the owner of the property or the tree stand and tell them to preserve the accident scene. Take photos if you can. Ask the owner of the property and/or the person who made the tree stand to notify their homeowner's insurance carrier. Follow our steps to take after a tree stand injury.
Q: Can I be held accountable if someone is injured on my tree stand, even if they were trespassing?
Possibly – it depends. A property owner can 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. Under law, you must use reasonable care to eliminate dangers and protect children who may come in contact with a tree stand on your property. Failing to do so means you may be held responsible for the person's or child's injuries via your homeowner's insurance coverage. The best thing you can do is be vigilant about who is on your property. Place warning signs near and on the tree stand, and block it off in some way when not in use. If you allow others to use your tree stand, inspect the tree stand to be sure it's safe. Supervise a child using the tree stand, and make sure users understand the risks involved with using a tree stand. Children who use the tree stand should be licensed hunters and understand the importance of treestand safety.