Men and women frequently use bows and arrows for hunting and target practice. Serious injuries can occur when the products that people buy are defective and potentially dangerous. A defective sporting goods case in West Virginia was recently settled. As a result of the agreement between the parties, the pending federal court action was formally dismissed.
In late Oct. 2010, a longtime bowman purchased a brand of hunting arrows from Easton Technical Products, Inc. After shooting two of the arrows at his brother’s residence, a third arrows caused serious injuries after breaking once the compound bow had been set correctly. The arrow split, and one of the pieces became embedded in the archer’s hand. He was transported for medical care and ultimately underwent surgery.
The bowman thereafter filed for both punitive and compensatory damages. He alleged that the injuries sustained from the arrow left him and his family with substantial financial obligations to the hospital, totaling over $20,000 dollars. Reportedly, he was also left with severe pain and discomfort which interfered with his ability to earn an income. The case was recently settled out of the court, though the precise terms of the agreement between the parties was not disclosed.
Understandably, defective sporting goods can cause debilitating injuries, especially products such as bows and arrows and firearms. Successfully navigated claims, like the one pursued in this West Virginia case, can help families compensate for medical bills and pain and suffering that result from the negligence of other parties. Even though the pain will may be ongoing, a successful litigation can dissipate the inevitable financial consequences of these types of injuries.
Source: The West Virginia Record, Lawsuit alleging arrow was defective settled, Kyla Asbury, Sept. 20, 2013