Arizona ski & snowboard accident lawyers
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Skiing and snowboarding are popular past times across the United States, as it is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors and get a great workout. Unfortunately, however, these fun snow days may turn into tragic events. For example, the Michael Schumacher ski accident turned a vacation into a catastrophic accident which left Schumacher fighting for his life. If you have been injured while skiing or snowboarding, contact our skilled Arizona ski accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group as soon as you can. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to answer any of your questions and to guide you through the entire legal process. Further, we are available to our clients 24, 7.
What led to the Michael Schumacher ski accident?
Netflix recently released a documentary detailing Michael Schumacher’s life, one of the most successful Formula 1 champions in the field. Individuals who had not previously heard of his devastating ski accident may find themselves asking: “What happened to Michael Schumacher, and where is he now?”
On December 29, 2013, Schumacher was skiing in Méribel, France when he fell, hitting his head on a rock. Although Schumacher was wearing a helmet, the impact caused the helmet to split into two pieces. Many people speculated his GoPro mount that had been placed on his helmet added to the seriousness of his injuries.
Although Schumacher was quickly transported to a hospital, he was placed in a medically induced coma and had to have two surgeries to remove blood and relieve pressure on his brain. Schumacher remained in a coma for six months.
His family has since kept the details of his medical state private, although those close to him have stated that he suffered serious muscle atrophy and osteoporosis. He is further confined to beds and wheelchairs.
This is just one of the many devastating accidents that have occurred due to ski or snowboard accidents. Catastrophic events like these can lead to brain injuries, similar to those suffered by Michael Schumacher, broken bones, back and spinal injuries, and much more. If you have been injured due to a negligent ski resort, ski equipment malfunction—such as in a ski lift accident—or a defective GoPro mount, or even from the actions of another skier, contact a personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible.
Arizona ski laws
You do not have to travel all the way to Colorado to get a day on the slopes. Despite many knowing it for its dry and hot climate, Arizona has many areas where you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or just enjoy time in fresh snow.
For example, Arizona Snowbowl boasts five ski lifts, and 40 runs and trails, on over 700 skiable acres. This resort is only two or three hours from Phoenix and gets an average of 260 inches of snowfall each year.
Before spending the day at Arizona Snowbowl, however, you should be aware of the various Arizona skiing laws. Below are examples of Arizona ski laws that you may want to know about:
Posting Ski Information Signs
Ski resort operators must maintain signs with simple, pertinent information for the protection of their skiers. These signs must be readable during ordinary times of the day, or must be lighted if the slopes offer nighttime access for skiers. Further, there must be signs indicating the difficulty level of each slope.
- Green circles indicate the least difficult slopes or trails.
- Blue squares are used to dictate which slopes are in-between the least and most difficult in the area.
- A black diamond shows which slopes or trails are the most difficult in the area.
Ski resort operators must also maintain proper warning signs as well as signs notifying skiers of tramways that bring skiers to only blue or black slopes, or when a slope or trail has been closed to the public. In sum, although skiers accept the risk of injury inherent to the risk of skiing, ski area operators also maintain certain legal responsibilities. If a ski resort operator is negligent in these duties, he or she may be found liable for any resulting accidents.
Additional Duties of Ski Area Operators
In addition to posting the proper signage, ski area operators must also maintain or groom all slopes or trails not designated as closed. Further, any snowmobiles being operated on the slopes shall be equipped with at least one lighted head lamp, one red-lighted tail lamp, and a flag five feet above the vehicle’s tracks. It must be mentioned, however, that a ski area operator has no legal duties to a skier who skis beyond the designated ski area.
Duties of Skiers
In Arizona, skiers remain accountable for a number of duties. For example, skiers bear the sole responsibility for the understanding of their own ability and to ski only within the limits of their ability.
Skiers must also maintain control of their speed so that they may look out for other skiers and to avoid collisions with other skiers, hazards, and snow maintenance equipment. Further, if you find yourself in a collision with another skier, you cannot leave the scene of the accident until you have given your name and address to an employee or volunteer of the ski area operation or ski patrol.
One exception to this rule is if you are injured following your ski accident and leave to secure first aid. These are just some of the many duties of a skier in Arizona, so be sure to research the proper laws before taking a trip to a ski slope in Arizona, or call Zinda Law Group for additional information.
Keep in mind, this is not an all-inclusive list of rules and regulations. If you have any other questions regarding the laws in Arizona when it comes to the winter sport of skiing, contact one of our knowledgeable Arizona ski accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group today.
We have the skills and resources needed to fight on your behalf in court before a judge if a favorable settlement cannot be made. Further, we can investigate whether the ski area operators were acting in a negligent manner or failed to post the required signage.
Types of potential ski accidents
As seen with the Michael Schumacher case, ski accidents can happen at any time and to anyone. Further, these accidents could lead to something as minor as a bruising of the ego, or to more catastrophic and life-changing outcomes.
Unfortunately, accidents involving outdoor sports, such as skiing, are impossible to avoid 100%, although they can be managed by taking the proper precautions. The following are examples of types of ski accidents:
- Ski lift accident
- Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders
- Hazards or obstacles on the slopes
- Defective helmet or ski gear
- Intentional actions of another individual, such as shoving
- Skiing on undesignated terrain
- Skiing in areas out of your experience level
- Poor physical preparation
- Poor judgement
- Poorly fitting equipment
As you can see, there are a wide range of potential accident types. That is why it is crucial to always be prepared and take all safety precautions while out on the slopes.
Follow all posted signs and always wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet decreases the chance of developing a severe head injury, according to a study done by Johns Hopkins University.
This study found that roughly 10 million Americans ski or snowboard each year in the United States. Of this number, there are approximately 600,000 reported injuries; 20% of these injuries are head injuries. The study found that many of those individuals were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
If you have been injured while skiing or snowboarding on Arizona slopes, contact Zinda Law Group today. We can help get you the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries and mental distress.
What kind of injuries could result from a skiing accident?
Although no one should go on vacation thinking about being injured, it is the unfortunate truth that skier injuries do occur. In fact, these injuries can be extremely severe.
These injuries may result in an emergency trip to the hospital and time off from work, leaving you and your family in a stressful emotional and financial situation. Luckily, Zinda Law Group is here to provide top-quality legal help for a wide variety of ski accidents and injuries. Examples of different types of skier injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone breaks, or fractures
- Shoulder injuries, such as dislocations and sprains
- “Skier’s thumb,” which is when a ligament in your thumb is outstretched or torn
- Ligament injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts or lacerations
Although many of these injuries can be treated with rest, ice, or at-home wound care, some may require hospitalization, surgery, and possibly years of physical therapy. Always seek medical attention after you have been involved in a ski or snowboard accident. There are many kinds of injuries that can be exacerbated with lack of medical attention, so finding a proper health care provider to diagnose all of your injuries is in your best interest.
After you have sought medical attention, talk to Arizona ski accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group. You may be facing high hospital costs and related damages due to your injuries. Our team can help you get that money back through negotiations, talking with experts, and possibly bringing your case to court.
What is the Statute of Limitations to file my Arizona ski accident case?
In order to receive compensation for your injuries and property damage, you must first file a lawsuit. Each lawsuit is different, so it is important to know your case type. Further, each case type will have a different statute of limitations on when to file depending on the state you are living in.
This means that you will have a set timeframe in which to file your case before you are barred from receiving compensation. For a ski or snowboard accident, you will need to file a personal injury case.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Arizona is 2 years. It is important to note that this time limit often begins on the date of your accident, not on the date of your resulting surgery or subsequent events.
A Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer can help file your case on time to get you the compensation you deserve. Our team is dedicated to each one of our clients and we want to give you peace of mind knowing your unique ski accident case can be filed on time.
Is there an injury lawyer near me in Arizona?
After being involved in a ski or snowboarding accident, you may need to hire an injury attorney to get the compensation you deserve for your physical injuries, mental strain, and property damage. That is why our attorneys are nationwide and available throughout the state of Arizona, such as in Phoenix and Tucson. Further, we have helped clients in Texas, Colorado, Florida, and New Mexico.
Our team is here to ensure that you will never have to face this difficult time alone, no matter where your injury took place. In addition to ski and snowboarding accidents, our team can help you in a wide range of personal injury accidents, such as:
- Dog bites
- Animal attacks
- Burn accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Commercial trucking accidents
If you have been injured while enjoying winter sports in Arizona, we can help. Our firm has teams standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call, so contact us today to discuss your unique situation. We have helped countless individuals get their lives back on track following accidents, and we are here for you and your family through your unique situation.
Injured in a ski or snowboard accident? Contact Zinda Law Group Arizona ski accident lawyers today to discuss your potential lawsuit
Snow sports, such as skiing or snowboarding, are extremely popular across the United States, including in hot and dry climates, such as Arizona. Arizona, like all states, has specific laws that skiers must abide by when they are on the slopes.
These laws will determine whether or not you have a potential ski or snowboard accident lawsuit, which, in turn, affects whether you can be compensated for your injuries. This is why you need the right personal injury lawyer to fight on your behalf, explain the laws, and help you pursue compensation for your damages.
After being injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident, it is important to contact an injury attorney at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. We can answer any questions you have regarding your potential case. Further, we are dedicated to fighting for your legal rights to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (800) 863-5312. As always, your initial consultation is 100% free, and you do not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your unique accident case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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