Stevenson, Washington – Hiker Dies from Injuries After Getting Struck by a Falling Tree
Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 10:25 pm
Stevenson, Washington (August 29, 2019) – A hiker died from his injuries after getting struck by a falling tree at the Pacific Crest Trail. The victim, identified as 28 year-old Finn Bastian from Preetz, Germany couldn’t be revived and died.
According to the report, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a group of hikers around 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. According to the call, one of the members was injured, and a search and rescue team was deployed. However, Bastian’s condition deteriorated, and while he was taken back to the trail head and given CPR, he could not be revived. According to Bastian’s hiking companions, they were crossing a wooden bridge when the tree fell and struck the victim. Officials have determined the base of the tree was rotten, leading to the incident.
About Crush Injuries
We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of fatality or injuries involved with a falling object. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.
While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.