Can I sue a manufacturer of a defective tree stand for injuries sustained during a fall in a hunting accident in West Virginia?
Miley Legal Group
Yes, you most likely will be able to sue the manufacturer of a defective tree stand for injuries sustained during a fall in a hunting accident in West Virginia. This type of hunting accident would potentially qualify for a West Virginia product liability claim.
Not only can a manufacturer be held liable in a West Virginia product liability claim stemming from a defective tree stand accident, but so can any other parties that may have played a part in making, distributing or selling the defective tree stand.
The most life-threatening occurrence a West Virginia hunter faces in a defective tree stand is when it collapses or comes loose from a tree. This can cause serious injuries or even death if it forces a hunter to fall.
Falls from such a height can lead to broken bones, spinal injuries and/or traumatic brain injuries. If a manufacturer fails to provide consumers with a safe and secure product, then they may be held liable for injuries sustained.
Defective Tree Stand Lawsuits
There have been numerous lawsuits against manufacturers for defective tree stands. In 2008, Ardisam Inc. from Cumberland, Wisconsin was sued for violating the Consumer Product Safety Act, which requires manufacturers of hunting equipment to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of any safety risks. They failed to notify the CPSC of a known flaw in one of their defective tree stand models and didn’t issue a recall until much later.
Another product liability lawsuit was filed against TSR Inc. in 2009 when a hunter was killed after his defective tree stand detached from the tree. Even though he was wearing the recommended safety harness it failed to protect him from the fall.
If you have been injured in a hunting accident because of a defective tree stand, contact a West Virginia product liability lawyer who will work on your behalf to help you fight for the damages to which you may be entitled.
Contact a West Virginia Product Liability Lawyer
The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life after your West Virginia defective tree stand accident. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation – 304-326-1800