July 11, 2023 — A hunter has filed a lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods and other companies after he was seriously injured by a defective tree stand.
The plaintiff, Terry M., is a man from West Virginia who bought a tree stand called “The Captain” from Dick’s Sporting Goods in September 2021.
A few days later, he went hunting and mounted the stand on a tree approximately 18 feet off the ground. It failed on its very first use.
Unfortunately, the “crimps and/or cables of the tree stand’s platform suddenly failed and the platform collapsed,” according to the lawsuit.
He fell to the ground and suffered serious and permanent injuries, including a severely fractured ankle, as well as lost wages and medical expenses.
Two months after his injuries, The Captain Hang-On Tree Stand (Model BGM-FP0050) was recalled in December 2021 because “the crimps of the plastic-coated cables can slip during use, causing the standing platform to release, posing fall and injury hazards to users.”
His lawsuit was filed on June 22, 2023 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Northern Division) — Case Number 1:23-cv-01695.
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