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.
- 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.