As Syracuse New York personal injury lawyers, we often represent construction workers who fall from ladders and roofs when no safety line or harness is provided. In such cases, we sue the construction site owners and operators for failing to provide this essential equipment. This happens far more often than you would think.
However, as a recent New York Times article points out, deer hunters who use tree stands are also at great risk of serious injury when they don’t wear harnesses with safety lines attached to the tree. But personal injury lawyers don’t end up representing those folks. Why not? Well, think about it. Usually a hunter has no one to blame but himself for failing to tether himself up. We lawyers are a pretty smart group, but so far we have not figured out a way for someone to sue himself and come out ahead.
Still, since safety matters to us, we want to get the word out that tree-stand hunters, like roofers, need to tie themselves up. A recent New York Times brings this message home very clearly. It points out that at least five people died this year (2017) in New York State by falling from tree stands. And many more have been injured.