Skiing and snowboarding are popular recreational pastimes, especially in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region. There are many novice skiers sharing the slopes with very aggressive skiers and snowboarders. Unfortunately, this means that an accident caused by a snowboarding collision or a serious injury from skiing are becoming more common.
Skiing injuries can be devastating, and even deadly, to victims. Each year a handful of skiers are killed on Colorado’s mountains.
- Wrongful death
- Head trauma and brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- The ski resort
- Ski resort employees
- Other skiers
- Equipment manufacturers, maintenance companies, and operators
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has successfully represented victims of skiing accidents in Colorado and across the country. We are familiar with the intricacies of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and know what it takes to recover damages for ski accident victims. If you or someone you care about was injured in a skiing accident, you should retain an experienced ski injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to help gather evidence and to initiate any necessary legal proceedings in a timely manner.
How do I determine who is responsible for skiing injuries?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the ski resort, equipment manufacturers or owners, other skiers, or someone else might be responsible for your ski accident injuries. However, you need to be aware that the Colorado Skier Safety Act protects the resorts and other businesses in the skiing industry. For that reason, it is important that you choose a ski accident lawyer who has experience and has successfully represented ski accident victims in the past.
What kind of damages can I recover?
This also depends on your individual case. You may be able to recover direct medical costs, ongoing care expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages, as applicable.
What are "inherent risks?"
Inherent risks are those risks that individuals are assumed to take when choosing to participate in certain activities that are known to be dangerous, such as skiing. Ski area operators cannot be held responsible for every injury that occurs on their slopes, because the nature of the sport is that certain types of injury may be unavoidable.
However, in many cases, injuries are caused not by the inherent risks of the sport, but by negligence on someone else’s part. This would include cases in which the ski areas are improperly marked or patrolled, where standard safety equipment is nonexistent or poorly maintained, and cases in which another party is skiing in an obviously reckless manner.