Local hunter one of many claiming crossbows injured thumbs
A North Georgia hunter filed a lawsuit against a crossbow manufacturer after suffering serious injuries to this thumb, and he isn't the only one. Across the country, more than 30 hunters have claimed they've also been injured while using the Barnett Jackal Crossbow.
It was the first time Kevin Lilly used his brand new Jackal crossbow. He was getting it ready before going deer hunting the next day.
"I come out here to have it sighted in, and first shot, I caught by thumb," Lilly said.
The crossbow's drawstring sliced into his thumb and shattered a joint.
Lilly was one of the first in the country to bring a lawsuit against Barnett crossbows and now there are more than 30 cases, all saying the product is dangerous and people need to know.
"That bow shoots 370 feet per second,"Lilly said, "It was like a sledgehammer hitting my hand."
It was December 2012 when Lilly injured his thumb. The next year, the Jackal crossbow included a thumb guard.
But in response to Lilly's lawsuit, Barnett has not claimed any responsibility for a defective product.
"Pretty much denying any wrong doings on their behalf," said Lilly.
Lilly bought his crossbow at Sportsman's Warehouse but the same model is sold in sporting goods stores across the county. On Barnett's website, it says more than a million Jackal crossbow's have been sold."
Lilly's lawyer, Bradley Kizzia out of Dallas, TX, is representing about two dozen Barnett thumb injury cases and says there's now a U.S. Consumer Product Safety investigation into the product.
Lilly says his thumb still hurts him to this day and it will never work the same way again.
"I had over $7,000 or $8,000 of medical expenses, and you know still could have more," Lilly said, "They're wanting to fuse my thumb together."
Lilly started hunting when he was just a kid, but the day he injured his thumb was the last time he even thought about using a crossbow.
"I haven't went hunting since then," Lilly said "Probably be nervous about it."
Lilly thinks there might be more local hunters who have had similar injuries while using a Barnett crossbow and his lawsuit aims to get the remaining crossbows recalled.
"They should recall them to keep people from getting injured with them," Lilly said.
So far no recalls have been issued on the Barnett crossbow.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating.