Matt Love was hunting with a tree stand and safety belt in Jefferson County, Missouri. He was harnessed to the tree with a tree stand safety belt. While he hunted, this safety belt was the only thing that connected him to the tree. While using the belt, Mr. Love fell more than 25 feet. He suffered fractured vertebrae, resulting in paralysis. Mr. Love’s life care plan indicated projected that he would incur lifetime medical costs exceeding $2.2 million. In his lawsuit, Mr. Love alleged that his fall was caused when his tree stand safety belt became defective and failed. The two-piece safety belt was designed and manufactured by API Outdoors and Outland Sports. Mr. Love’s lawsuit was recently settled for a confidential amount.
John G. Simon