Jim Hardy v. API Outdoors and Larry’s General Merchandise

Plaintiff, while deer hunting, was rendered a paraplegic when his tree stand fell approximately twenty feet. Plaintiff claimed that the fall occurred because a metal pin failed, disconnecting an encircling chain from around the tree to which the stand was attached and that the tree stand’s foot strap failed. Plaintiff purchased the tree stand which was manufactured by API from Larry’s General Merchandise. An investigation revealed that a number of items were missing from the tree stand sold to the plaintiff including warnings, instructions, and a safety video, all of which the plaintiff claimed contributed to the fall.