Teenage Hunter Injury Reminds Us of Hunting Safety
An 18-year-old was recently injured in a hunting accident after the strap
on his tree stand broke and he fell almost 20 feet out of the tree. Sources
have said the tree stand had not been inspected in over three years, and
that the teen was only strapped in with one strap.
He was transported by medical helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital and he suffered serious leg and back injuries in the accident. He is said to be in stable condition now.
Injuries like this cause us to pause for a moment and remind ourselves of the necessity of safety practices during hunting season. Here are a few things to remember over the next few months when you are preparing to enjoy the fall and winter hunting seasons:
- Make sure to dress appropriately when you venture out into the woods. As it gets colder, dress in layers and be sure to take an extra set of dry clothes and rain gear so moisture doesn’t get trapped against your skin for extended periods of time. It does not take long, sometimes only a matter of minutes, for frostbite to set in.
- Alert other people of where you will be going, and when possible, hunt in pairs. Let people know the timeframe in which you will be gone, and when you expect to be back. Take a fully charged cell phone with you.
- Bring along enough food and water for your trip, plus emergency supplies, a first aid kit, and anything you might need if you were to get stranded for any length of time.
- Make sure you regularly inspect your equipment. No matter what type of weapons you are using, what type of stand, blind, or other shelter you are using, make sure to inspect them for damage and proper function before each use. Use double reinforcements where you can, and always use a safety harness when you are climbing to any height.
For a full list of hunting safety tips, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers detailed advice for venturing out into the woods.
If you have been injured in a hunting accident, whether from the recklessness of another hunter, or from a product malfunction, the personal injury and product liability attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in recovering the damages you are owed. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information, and to schedule your risk free consultation.