Deadly treestands have been one of the most overlooked product recalls of the past few years. As companies try to cover their defected products with PR, innocent hunters find themselves in life-threatening situations through no fault of their own. Look at the recalls mentioned below – if you have been affected by any of these cases, do not let justice pass you by.
In New York State, there were at least four fatalities associated with defective treestands last fall. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission attributed at least three deaths in the 2016-2017 hunting season two falls from a defective treestand. There was also a case of a hunter in Milwaukee dying after his treestand malfunctioned while he was hunting in Sauk County. There are even cases of celebrity malfunctions – Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost almost lost his life because of a defective treestand while using it at his home in Georgia. Yost did suffer many injuries (a broken pelvis and several broken ribs), and only survived because he was able to call emergency services from his cell phone.
Defective Treestands Now More Dangerous to Hunters than Guns
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is only one of many agencies that are finding interesting accident reports during hunting season. Basically, falls from defective treestands now account for more fatalities during hunting season than guns. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources found that 55% of their hunting accidents came from treestand falls. The injuries that occur from these falls can be absolutely devastating. 55% of treestand falls result in a spinal injury, according to researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Wisconsin Department of Neurosurgery. An insurance company that studied treestand injuries specifically found that the top 27 most serious cases caused medical bills that exceeded $50,000. One fourth of these cases directly involved the malfeasance of the manufacturer. Basically, the hunter was hunting with a product that should have been recalled.
Why So Many Injuries?
Going through the statistics, it becomes clear that most of the treestand incidents do not occur because of negligence on the part of the hunter. Many of these cases happen solely because the manufacturer created a faulty product. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says as much. The Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation also noted that a significant number of falls occurred because of defective products. 31 percent of these injuries happened because of a stepladder failure, a break in the strap or a stand break.
There have been many recalls of defective treestands in recent years. If you or a loved one has been injured by one of these products, is essential that you know the history of these recalls. A company known as Millennium Outdoors recalled 1400 of its M 60 treestands because they could not hold the weight at a certain angle. The angle that was found to be defective was actually used in many hunting configurations in elevated positions. Overall, it was an extreme danger to many different kinds of hunters. The recall occurred in September 2015. The stands were sold at Midway USA, Sportsman’s Warehouse, B&H Farm supply, Gander Mountain and Ferris Brothers between May 2015 and August 2015. A company known as Big Game had to recall over 12,000 of its defective stands because of the extreme risk to hunters. In October 2015, the company found that the cable assembly released with no pressure on the climbing treestand. The recall actually included three different products in the Big Game line – the Fusion, the Outlook and the Cobalt. There was at least one instance of an injury from the cable assembly that was reported. Between June 2014 in June 2015 these defective products were sold at Sportsman’s Guide, Rogers Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s and Menards. Summit also had to recall hundreds of its tree stand products in November 2016. The problem with this product was a weld in the frame that posed a distinct fall hazard. The Summit Explorer SD was the defective product, and it was sold at various sporting good stores around the nation in August 2016.
You Deserve Legal Compensation
There is a history of dedicated attorneys winning cases for hunters who were injured by defective treestand products. 2017 saw a jury from New Jersey award $18.5 million in a verdict against tree stand manufacturer Primal Vantage Company. Global Manufacturing, LLC, Premier Outdoor Equipment and Mainstream Holdings Inc. have also been sued because of an incident involving a Big Game treestand. There is no reason why you should not receive compensation if you have been injured by one of the products mentioned above or any treestand product. It is essential that you get experienced attorneys to aid you with your claim, however. The companies that manufacture these products will have teams of attorneys on their side with the sole purpose of reducing the compensation that you receive for your injuries.
Defective and Deadly Treestands
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective treestand, call or email the dedicated product defect attorneys at GOM Law. They have dedicated their career to helping people who have been hurt through no fault of their own. We are here to make sure that your rights are paramount and justice is served on your behalf!