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The Dangers of Using Tree Stands to Go Hunting


December 11, 2017

The Dangers of Using Tree Stands to Go Hunting – Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Explains

Deer hunting season is nearly here, and during this time, hunters are reminded of just how dangerous tree stands can be.  There are certified tree stands that many hunters use, along with a harness, which helps to ensure a hunter is properly secured.  However, many hunters build their own tree stands out of what they find, and any wood used may not be treated to withstand rain, wind, and other weather-related wear and tear.  Wood pieces are often used as steps, and these steps can deteriorate quickly over a year or even sooner.  Even if tree stand steps are safe after being placed, they may be completely unsafe the next year when hunting season rolls around again.  

While avoiding tree stands overall is probably the safest way to hunt, it is also understandable that hunters would want to use a tree stand as it provides an excellent perch to look from and hunt.  As such, if a hunter chooses to use a tree stand, he or she should ensure that the tree stand is not homemade, is certified, and safe for use.  Additionally, hunters must follow the instructions provided for using the tree stand, and should always use a harness.

Injuries Associated with Tree Stands – What You Should Know

Any accident has the potential to result in catastrophic injuries and potentially death.  Many people who have been involved in a tree stand accident may have been able to stand up and walk away with bruising and some pain that went away after a short period of time.  Other victims of tree stand accidents are not so lucky.  The types of injuries suffered by some tree stand accident victims include the following:

  • Broken, fractured or shattered bones;
  • Head trauma including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
  • Cuts, gashes, and open wounds;
  • Neck, back and spinal cord injuries, many of which can lead to partial or complete paralysis;
  • Foot and ankle injuries; and
  • Death.

Consequences of Tree Stand Injuries

Injuries sustained in a tree stand accident can cost not only a person’s health and well-being, but can also cost a person financially.  Medical expenses are on the rise and it is difficult to keep up with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in medical bills, depending on the severity of the injuries and the cost of necessary treatment.  If the injuries are catastrophic, a person may no longer be able to work and will have to change his or her way of life to adapt to new limitations.  While many tree stand accidents involve injuries suffered by the person who made the tree stand, there are situations when another person is injured when using someone else’s tree stand or using a defective one.  In such cases, the person who made the tree stand can be held responsible for the subsequent injuries.

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Source: https://dph.georgia.gov/blog/2013-11-18/going-hunting-think-twice-climbing-deer-stand

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