Know Your Rights If You Are Injured at a Colorado Ski Resort
A Court ruling in Colorado in 2021 may have a significant impact on Colorado skiers, snowboarders, and resorts again this year if someone sustains an injury while recreating on our slopes.
In January of 2021, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the Loveland ski resort was not legally liable for injuries that a skier sustained in an incident where she was hit by a chairlift when trying to avoid a skier who had fallen when exiting the chairlift in front of her. The Court said the owners of the resort were protected by the waiver printed on the back of the lift ticket. The Court ruled that the waiver released the owners of the ski area from “any and all liability”, and that holder of the ski lift ticket is “to assume all risks of skiing, whether inherent to skiing or not.”
In 2018, the Federal Court ruled on a similar case involving an injury sustained by a skier who was hit by a chairlift. The Court concluded that the Vail Ski Resort was not liable due to the waiver printed on the lift ticket.
The Court concluded that ski resort waivers can override any responsibilities that the company has under the state’s Ski Safety Act, which generally makes operators responsible for chairlift accidents.
Know Your Legal Rights
The two cases mentioned above are examples of how important it is for people who have been injured by the negligence of another party to understand their rights and options according to Colorado law. Generally, injured parties have the right to seek compensation from the responsible parties.
Contact a Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer Now
If you have been injured on the slopes, our experienced personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson will obtain the information we need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Please note that there are deadlines for pursuing legal action after an injury, so contact our attorneys at Burg Simpson for help now.
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