The interest in skiing and snowboarding has increased in recent years. Unfortunately, with an increased interest in these sports, we have seen an increase in skiing and snowboarding accidents. Some of these accidents are just a risk of participating in the sport; however, not all skiing and snowboarding injuries are the result of an “accident.” Some injuries are the result of negligence.
What Causes Skiing and Snowboarding Accidents?
As personal injury lawyers, we see a variety of common causes for skiing and snowboarding accidents including:
- Accidents caused by a defective equipment or equipment failure;
- Chairlift accidents;
- Accidents caused by colliding with another snowboarder or skier;
- Striking an object such as a sign, fence, tree, or barrier; and,
- Accidents caused by inadequate training by an instructor.
The injuries resulting from skiing and snowboarding accidents are just as varied as the causes of those accidents. Broken bones and fractures are common injuries for skiers and snowboards as are strains and sprains. More serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries, head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries can leave an individual with permanent disabilities.
As with any injury, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention after a skiing or snowboarding injury. Some injuries may not have immediate symptoms, but a delay in treatment could make the injury much worse. It is always best to be checked by a medical professional after any injury, regardless of the severity of the accident.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer for A Skiing or Snowboarding Accident Claim?
Injury claims involving snowboarding and skiing accidents are complex and difficult to prove. Skiing and snowboarding are fundamentally risky sports. The person participating in the sport assumes the risk of an injury. However, if you can prove that someone was negligent and that negligence resulted in the accident that caused your injury, you may have a valid claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your accident to determine if another party is liable for your damages.
In most cases, a skiing or snowboarding accident claim involves laws regarding premises liability (often referred to as “slip and fall” accidents) or defective product liability. For example, if you crash coming down the slope because your ski suddenly splinters, the manufacturer of the skis may be held liable if we can prove a flaw in the design made the ski more susceptible to breaking.
Likewise, if you crash coming down the slope because the slope was improperly marked, the ski resort may be held liable for damages. Another example of the ski resort being liable would be a ski lift accident that resulted because the lift was not maintained properly. The key to determining if someone is liable for your damages from a snowboarding or skiing accident is a thorough accident investigation. Contacting our office as soon as possible after an accident can aid in conducting an investigation to secure evidence required to prove negligence.
Call A Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer for More Information
Do you believe your skiing or snowboarding accident was caused by another party? Get answers to your questions by calling our Bloomington law firm to discuss your accident claim.
Call The Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer. You can also ask questions and get information through the Live Chat feature on our website.