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In a comprehensive study of tree stand accidents, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Injury Sciences found that most tree stand accidents are preventable. The study entitled Epidemiology of Tree Stand-Related Injuries in the United States from 2000 to 2007 by Terry, Joshua BS; Griffin, Russell MPH; Rue, Loring W. III MD; McGwin, Gerald Jr MS, PhD looked at a total of 46,860 tree stand accidents that occurred between 2000 and 2007. Their recommendations are that hunters use safety harnesses and perform regular maintenance of tree stands.

Tree stand accidents can cause serious injuries wit the most common being severe fractures to the hips and lower extremities. Other serious injuries can include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

The study also found that younger hunters — those between the ages of 15 and 34 — are more likely to be seriously injured in tree stand accidents because they spend more time in tree stands and are more apt to disregard safety precautions.

The Tri City Herald.com reports that Phillip LoParco, age 64 of Kennewick, suffered serious injuries including a fractured vertebrae when he was injured in a motorcycle accident around 11:15am this morning in Kennewick.

According to the report, LoParco was turning left onto Washington Street from Columbia Drive on his motorcycle when he was hit by a Dodge Caravan driven by Nova Lawton.

Preliminary investigation finds that LoPorco failed to yield when he made the left hand turn.

A 20-year-old Washington State University (WSU) student suffered back injuries after he fell three stories from a fraternity house window and landed on the windshield of a parked car.

The accident occurred at the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity in Pullman, Washington.

According to a report in The Seattle Times, the student was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital with back injuries. The student was conscious a while after the accident. Alcohol was involved.

Seattle’s King5.com reports that a two-year-old child was injured after falling out of a window in Kent, Washington.

According to the report, the toddler fell out of a second story window after pushing the screen out. The report said the child was conscious.

On June 1st, we reported on another child that fell from a Tacoma second story window.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that a baby was injured in a fall from a second story window in the 13700 block of 97th Avenue East.

The baby was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and is expected to survive the accident.

As the weather becomes warmer, open windows become a hazard to small children. Every year, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle treats between 50 and 60 children in and around Seattle for falls from windows. Harborview employees nickname these patients, “Window jumpers.”

The Seattle Times reports that a Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant suffered a serious injury when his spine was severed when a tent-like canopy structure collapsed on him during a severe and sudden storm. Rich Behm, age 33, suffered permanent paralysis from the waist down in the accident. Surgeons operated to stabilize his thoracic spine on Sunday.

Behm was one of 12 people injured in the accident that occurred on Saturday. Three of the 12 injured were Cowboys staff members. Assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither had surgery to repair fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Joe DeCamillis, the team’s special teams coach, sustained a fracture to a cervical vertebrae but he did not suffer any paralysis.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of the collapse. The $4 million practice facility was built in 2003 and the roof replaced just last year.

Car accidents, sporting accidents, a fall, or a bumping the head at the local hardware store are all accidents which can cause a brain injury and change how the brain works. A minor car accident, a nursing home patient falling out of bed, or a young soccer player heading a ball can may seem not to be serious accidents but they can result in life-altering brain injuries or even death.

What to look for after an accident:

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  • Monitor the accident victim — If a person has been in an accident where they have hit their head or their head has been bumped, even if they have never become unconscious, you should monitor them.
  • Dizziness, headache, confused thinking and vomiting are warning signs — if the accident victim displays any of these symptoms, take them to the emergency room immediately.
  • Monitor changes in condition — if the accident victim’s symptoms change — a head ache worsens, they become sleepy or any other change in their behavior within 12 hours of their head injury, they may have a brain bleed and they should be taken to the emergency room immediately.
  • Medication — Be more aware if the person is on blood thinner medication.
  • Senior Citizens — Be more vigilant if the accident victim is elderly or frail.

A West Seattle High School athlete, Mackenzie “mac” Clay, has settled with the Seattle School district for $15 million after he suffered a spinal cord injury in his neck two years ago at wrestling practice reports The Seattle Times.

seattle sports injury lawyerClay, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair, maintained in his lawsuit that the School District was negligent because the coaches did not follow standard wrestling-safety procedures. The coaches only used one mat on the concrete floor of the West Seattle High School cafeteria even though there were more mats available at the time. The student athletes were confined to a small area because of the lack of mats and Clay was injured when two other students fell on him. The suit also cited the fact that the coaches did not have Washington Interscholastic Activities Association certification.

Clay was an athletic senior when he was injured. He had lettered in three sports. He was also a cellist in the Seattle Youth Symphony and had played the cello since he was six years old.

With gas prices soaring and a weak economy, more people than ever are choosing to ride motorcycles as an economical way to get to work. However, motorcycle riders are the most vulnerable in motor vehicle accidents because there are no seat belts and riders can be thrown in a crash. The death and injury rate for motorcycle riders continues to rise.

In Washington State, motorcycle riders need to obtain a motorcycle endorsement by the Department of Licensing. The endorsement is one way to encourage motorcyclists to have extra knowledge and training before taking their motorcycle on the highway.

Safety Tips:

In the past few years, hunters have been increasingly using tree stands for hunting. From a tree-stand perch, a hunter is out of the deer’s field-of-vision and also out of their range for scent detection allowing hunters to have an excellent vantage point for hunting. Many tree stands are mounted 10 to 30 feet or more above the ground level. As the use of tree stands have become more commonplace, there have been many serious injuries including internal injuries, spinal cord injury, brain injury, paralysis and death among hunters who have had falling accidents involving tree stands.

North Carolina had four serious hunting accidents in two weeks of September including two fatalities. Investigators found that hunters that fell were not using a fall-restraint system.

Hunters fall for many reasons and lack of proper safety precautions and equipment is one of them. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in conjunction with the Treestand Manufacturers Association, found that 82% of all hunters suffering from a fall injury were not wearing a safety device.