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Colorado Ski/Snowboarding Accident – Personal Injury Attorneys

Ski Snowboarding Accident - Denver Injury Attorney - Burg Simpson

Few things are as characteristically Colorado as winter sports. The Centennial State is North America’s most popular skiing destination, hosting roughly 20 percent of the country’s ski traffic ever year. That traffic generates nearly $5 billion in economic activity, while supporting roughly 46,000 jobs. If you’ve been hurt in a collision on Colorado’s slopes, contact our Colorado personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson for help as soon as you can.

Clearly, skiing and snowboarding remain incredibly popular recreational pastimes, especially in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region, with residents known for their love of the outdoors. Even though snowboarding numbers have fallen a bit since their 2011-2012 peak, it’s still a very popular cold weather pastime, especially for younger tourists. Skiing, however, is more popular than ever, with sales and participation both up nearly 20 percent over the last decade.

While there are plenty of beginner skiers and boarders sharing the slopes with more experienced  skiers and snowboarders, the average age of accident victims has risen in line with the average age of the skiers and boarders themselves. In fact, most fatalities strike the same age group that engages in high-risk behavior everywhere else: men between their late teens to late 30s.

Skiing injuries can be devastating, and even deadly, for victims. Each year a few dozen skiers and snowboarders lose their lives on Colorado’s mountains. While snowboarding deaths continue to creep up, skiing deaths have actually leveled off over the past few years. Burg Simpson’s Denver personal injury attorneys are committed to helping skiing and snowboarding victims, as well as their families. Reach out to Burg Simpson today by calling 303-792-5595 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form now if you have been hurt in one of these horrible accidents.

Skiing and snowboarding both look a lot easier than they are. They are sports, after all, and require proper conditioning, equipment, and care. While skiers are at greater risk of knee injuries, snowboarders are much more likely to hurt their upper body. Both activities, of course, share a host of injury risks:

  • Knee injuries, such as ACL/PCL tears, and meniscus injuries.
  • Neck and shoulder injuries, such as fractures, torn rotators cuffs, shoulder dislocations and separations, whip lash, and neck strain.
  • Hand injuries, including skier’s thumb, sprained wrists, broker fingers, and tendinitis in the wrist.
  • Back injuries, which can include muscles strains, lower back pain, and herniated disks.
  • Frost bit and hypothermia are also obvious risks after spending so much time out in the cold.
  • Concussions.
  • Wrongful death.

If you’ve been injured in a ski accident, call a Colorado personal injury lawyer for help today at 303-792-5595. Your consultation comes with no commitment and no cost to you.

Parties that could be held responsible for these sorts of accidents may include:

  • The ski resort.
  • Ski resort employees.
  • Other skiers.
  • Equipment manufacturers, maintenance companies, and operators.

Burg Simpson has successfully represented ski and snowboarding accident victims in Colorado and across the country. We’re well-versed in the intricacies of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and know what it takes to recover damages for victims. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a skiing accident, you need to retain an experienced ski injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to help gather evidence and initiate any necessary legal proceedings quickly. Call Burg Simpson today at 303-792-5595.

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 – in most instances – the Colorado Skier Safety Act do what they can to protect the resorts and other businesses in the skiing industry. For that reason, it’s important that you choose a Colorado personal injury attorney who has experience in this area of law and has successfully represented ski accident victims.

What kind of damages can I recover?

This can depend on your individual case. You might 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 the law declares that individuals take when they decide to engage in certain activities traditionally accepted as dangerous, such as skiing or snowboarding. Ski area operators can’t be held responsible for every injury that occurs on their slopes, because the nature of the sport is that certain types of injury simply might be unavoidable.

However, in many cases, injuries aren’t a result of these inherent risks, but caused by someone’s negligence. 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.

Burg Simpson has over 4 decades of experience and a track record of success when it comes to fighting for the rights of those hurt on Colorado ski slopes. Ski resort operators have deep pockets and dozens of lawyers working to protect them. The biggest mistake you can make is to try to handle a case like this on your own. Call the Burg Simpson today at 303-792-5595 so we can help. It costs nothing to talk to Denver personal injury lawyer, so fill out our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM before it’s too late.

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

 August 16, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

Are corporation’s people? It might sound like a simple question, but it’s one the U.S. Supreme Court answered in the affirmative when it handed down its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. That 5-4 ruling struck down a prohibition against certain election communications by nonprofits, corporations, labor unions, and other associations…. Read more »

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

 August 15, 2017

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Big Pharma a big victory. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the high court struck down California’s effort to widen the scope of non-residents seeking relief from dangerous drugs. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against nearly 680 plaintiffs who were suing the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Three Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2018 Four Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In Their Practice Area and Region August 15, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce several… Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

 August 9, 2017

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

August 9, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Thousands of new homes may be uninhabitable due to excessive levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, found in the joists of finished and unfinished basements. Homeowners and construction workers have reported feeling ill, with burning eyes and respiratory issues, after exposure to hazardous levels of formaldehyde present in these… Read more »

Traumatic Brain Injuries – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 August 16, 2017

What you Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Few things can change – or end – a life as quickly as a Traumatic Brain Injury. TBIs play a role in nearly a third of injury deaths in the United States. More than 150 people die every day as a result of these devastating injuries, which works out to more than 50,000 fatalities annually…. Read more »

Underride Accidents – Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 9, 2017

What are the Dangers of Truck Underride Accidents?

In 2004, 26-year-old Roya Sadigh and her fiancé were on their way home for Thanksgiving in a blizzard. Their car hit a patch of ice, spun out of control, and slid beneath a tractor-trailer. The truck’s rear wheels ran over the car, crushing it. Sadigh died before she could make it to the hospital. These… Read more »

Car Accident and Grief - Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 3, 2017

How Can You Put a Price on Grief After an Accident?

It’s late. You’re sitting at a stoplight. Your spouse is in the passenger seat next to you, preoccupied with something in the glove compartment. Suddenly, another vehicle crashes into the passenger side of your car. You hear a sudden squeal, crunching metal, and breaking glass, shards are flying all around you and your spouse. At… Read more »

Personal Injury Case with a Minor – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 August 2, 2017

What If a Personal Injury Case Involves a Minor?

The law treats minors differently than adults in many cases. Personal injury cases are no exception. For example, did you know that when a minor is injured in Colorado, the statute of limitations – which can be one, two, or three years from the time of the injury, depending on the case – does not… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Pop Culture

 November 18, 2015

Part IV – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

TV and Movies – What We Love and Love to Hate Twelve Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, the O.J. Simpson debacle…do these movies and televised lawsuits influence decision makers? Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund continues the panel series dialogue, with Part IV addressing TV and movies. Download full article PDF

Pop Culture Part 3

 November 18, 2015

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

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