Now that hunting season is here, the risk from tree stand injuries is back. Although non-hunters are often quick to criticize hunters and frequently blame them for their own injuries, the truth is that usually if a hunter is injured, it is someone else's fault. Tree stand injuries are no exception.
When a hunter is injured on a tree stand, the injury can happen for a variety of reasons. One of the most important is that the tree stand itself is defective. In 2007, for example, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more than 9000 tree stands were recalled after securing pins failed. A very large number of these defective products were discovered only after their owners had suffered injuries from serious falls.
Generally, using a safety harness can help you avoid falls and other injuries from the tree stand, but sometimes the harness is also defective. In a situation like that, the hunter can be doing everything possible to avoid injury but may still end up injured.
In addition, sometimes a hunter is injured even though the tree stand and harness are working properly. Often, these injuries occur as a result of someone's negligence. The injured hunter could bring a lawsuit against the negligent person to seek compensation for his injuries.
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