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Copper Mountain, Colorado, offers beautiful weather, skiing, snowboarding, and more. Spending the day on the mountain skiing, breathing in the fresh air, seems like a great way to spend the day; however, skiing can sometimes lead to serious injury.
Our injury attorneys can help answer any questions you may have regarding your Copper Mountain ski injury lawsuit and can help guide you through the legal process. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group attorney for a 100% free consultation. Our experienced and knowledgeable ski injury lawyers may help get you the maximum compensation available in your case.
COMMON SKIING INJURIES
Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in the United States. However, the sport commonly causes injuries to its participants. These injuries may be minimal and quickly healed with ice packs and rest, or they may be more serious, requiring surgery and physical therapy. Below are examples of common skiing injuries:
Skiing inherently involves a lot of twisting and turning motions, often causing knee injuries. One type of knee injury is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (or “ACL”). ACL injuries are injuries to the ligaments that stabilize the knee. If there is a complete tear, surgery and reconstruction may be needed.
Another common knee injury is a meniscus tear. The meniscus is the cartilage in the knee that allows for smooth motions. Large tears may also require surgery.
If you are involved in a skiing accident and hear a popping sound, you may have a knee injury and should be checked by a medical professional immediately.
Head and Neck Injuries
Many head and neck injuries are the result of falling, which is often unavoidable in sports like skiing or snowboarding. Head and neck injuries can be very serious and may require medical attention from a medical professional.
An example of a common head injury is a concussion. Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries. Concussions, like any injury to the head, should be carefully monitored. Concussions can be prevented by always wearing a helmet while skiing.
A common neck injury is whiplash. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue in the neck. These injuries are often referred to as a neck sprain or neck strain. If you think you have whiplash, you should contact a doctor to provide you with a proper treatment plan.
Shoulder injuries commonly occur when a skier falls on outstretched hands, or directly on the tip of his or her shoulder. Shoulder separation and shoulder dislocation are examples of common injuries. Shoulder separation is relatively minor and often treated with rest, ice, and a sling. Shoulder dislocation, however, is more serious and may require surgery.
As with knee injuries, back injuries are commonly caused by the twisting and turning required in skiing. Lower back pain is one example of a minor back injury you may sustain from this sport. A more serious back injury is an injury to a disk in your spine. Herniated disks occur when a disk in your spine ruptures, releasing jelly-like fluid. Surgery is sometimes recommended, or necessary, for this injury.
There are many different types of injuries you may incur due to a skiing accident. Some of these injuries are relatively minor, like lower back pain, while others are more serious, like an ACL tear. More serious injuries may require surgery, costing you thousands of dollars in hospital bills, pharmaceutical bills, and physical therapy costs. Always seek medical attention if you have been seriously injured, and then call a Copper Mountain ski injury attorney to discuss your case and any compensation you may be entitled to.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A SKIING ACCIDENT
You may be asking yourself what to do if you are injured in a ski accident. Below are certain steps you should take if you find yourself in this painful event.
Seek Medical Attention
If you believe you have been injured in a skiing accident, seek medical attention from a medical professional. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, your adrenaline may be masking a more serious injury. Further, if you wait to get medical attention, your injuries may get worse, causing a more difficult, painful, and more expensive recovery.
Contact Ski Patrol
If you have been involved in a skiing accident, you should contact ski patrol immediately. Copper Mountain Ski Patrol’s phone number, as listed on their website, is 970-968-3311. By Colorado law, you are required to give your name and current address to a ski area employee before you leave the vicinity if you are involved in a collision resulting in injury. Witnesses to an accident are also requested to contact a ski area employee.
Before you hit the slopes, always check for the number of the mountain’s ski patrol, and save it in your phone, if possible.
Take Pictures and Document the Accident
After you have contacted ski patrol, try and document the accident, including your injuries. You may not remember all of the details later on, and those details may be beneficial in your lawsuit and help show who is at fault. Although you may not have access to pen and paper, many people carry smartphones with them while skiing. You can take pictures or open the phone’s notepad and write everything down that you can remember.
Contact a Skiing Injury Lawyer
If you believe you are the victim of a skiing accident, contact a Colorado ski accident attorney right away. Zinda Law Group attorneys are here to help get you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced ski accident lawyers can help find the at-fault party, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and represent you in court if a settlement cannot be made. Contact us now for a free consultation to discuss your case.
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There are two main types of compensation, or damages, that you may be entitled to in your ski accident lawsuit. If you suffered personal, or emotional, injury due to your ski accident, contact a Zinda Law Group attorney to discuss your case and understand what compensation you may be eligible to receive.
The two most common sources of compensation are economic damages and non-economic damages:
Economic damages are damages that can be easily put into numbers. These damages are meant to compensate the victim for their actual losses and out of pocket expenses. Examples of economic damages may include:
- Lost earnings
- Hospital bills
- Pharmaceutical bills
- Property damage
- Therapy costs
Non-economic damages are more subjective than economic damages. These damages cannot easily be put into monetary values and are more difficult to calculate. Examples of these damages may include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you were the victim of a skiing accident, you may be entitled to economic damages, non-economic damages, or both. After your accident, you should contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. Our experienced attorneys can help explain the different types of damages available in your case and can help you begin the legal process.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SKIING INJURIES
If you have been injured in a skiing accident, you only have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit to receive compensation. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations” and varies from state to state. The statute of limitations also varies depending on the type of lawsuit you are filing.
In Colorado, you have two years to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case, including skiing accidents. This means you have two years from the date of the accident to file a suit or your claim may be barred.
At Zinda Law Group, our Copper Mountain ski injury lawyers may help make sure your case is filed in time. We have the experience necessary to fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
CONTACT OUR COPPER MOUNTAIN SKI INJURY LAWYERS
If you have been injured in a skiing accident, you may be suffering from both physical and emotional injuries. Zinda Law Group’s Denver personal injury attorneys are here to help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to. We help clients seek the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to negotiate on your behalf or fight for you in court if a settlement cannot be made.
Call our experienced Copper Mountain ski injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group today. Call (800) 863-5312 to schedule your 100% free consultation. We believe you should not have to worry about hefty legal fees on top of your medical expenses. This is why we work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay a thing unless we win your case.