ENO Hammock

Woman Sues ENO After Hammock Accident Leaves Her Paralyzed

The 23-year-old woman claims ENO’s ‘deceptive marketing’ led to the accident.

In July 2017, Boston resident Erin Field was sitting in an ENO hammock between two brick chimneys when one collapsed on her. The accident left her paralyzed from the neck down, and now, after multiple surgeries and rehab, Field has filed a lawsuit against Eagle Nest Outfitters.

According to the lawsuit, ENO Hammocks promoted a marketing campaign on social media, that “included a photo caption contest which encouraged individuals to share pictures of hammocks hanging in unusual places.”

Field and her brother claim that if it weren’t for the campaign, they may not have chosen to hang the hammock from the rooftop chimneys. Field is suing ENO for a breach of warranty, failure to warn, and negligent marketing. The court will determine the amount of damages at trial.

ENO Hammock Accidents

Prior to Field’s injuries, similar accidents have happened as a result of ENO hammocks failing. In 2016, a 13-year-old girl died after a brick column similarly fell on her. She had been using the same ENO DoubleNest hammock as Field, with the accompanying Atlas straps.

And just a week before Field’s lawsuit was filed, two sisters died when a brick pillar to which they had attached their hammock collapsed on them.

ENO’s Warning about Hammocks

ENO’s campaign did remind users to follow safety instructions when hanging hammocks. However, “it did not warn against or prohibit hanging them from masonry structures, non weight-bearing walls, or non-trees,” according to Field’s lawsuit.

eno hammock and atlas straps
An ENO DoubleNest Hammock and Atlas Straps.

ENO currently has a photo contest on its page with the following safety guidelines:

“Keep it safe. Responsible hammocking is our number one priority, so please no stacked hammocks or photos of hammocks hung too high. Check out our set up guides on each product page if you have questions about proper set up.”

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.