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Head injuries due to falls from defective tree stands

This time of year is not only the season of holidays but also when locals in West Virginia and residents all over the nation enjoy hunting season. Although safety and precaution is usually practiced with this hobby, accidents that cause a head injury could happen while out in the woods. Many times, these accidents occur because of a faulty product. A brain injury is extremely serious and can change the life of the injured. The amount of rehabilitation required in the recovery process can be extensive. It is an emotional process not only for the person who suffered the head injury but also for the loved ones that assist with the long recovery.

West Virginia residents utilize tree stands during the hunting season in order to safely and accurately participate in the seasonal activity. Recent accidents and injuries have caused Rivers Edge tree stands to be recalled. There have been three recent reports of incidents that are related to the snap-hook assemblies failing. A fall from a tree could cause injuries such as broken bones, bumps and bruises, lacerations and even head injuries. Traumatic head injuries could leave to severe damage to the brain and even death.

It is important to look up all products, especially tree stands, before going out hunting. A person injured due to a defective product might have a personal injury claim based on product liability. Compensation from the claim would go towards medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.

No matter the cause of the head injury, the amount of recovery and support that the injured will need can be extensive. The rehabilitation process can be challenging, and even with years of medical support, a person may never fully recover after a brain injury.

Source: Forsyth News, "Hunter dies in fall from tree stand," Crystal Ledford, Nov 28, 2012

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