El Paso Ski & Snowboard Accident Lawyers
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Millions of people across the country love to participate in winter sports. Traveling to one of the many mountains in the U.S. with either family, friends, or even alone to ski or snowboard is usually a very enjoyable experience for most people. Accidents do happen, however, and when they do, their effect on the lives of you and your loved ones can be incredibly stressful. That’s why it’s important to contact experienced El Paso ski accident lawyers.
If you’ve suffered an injury from an accident while skiing or snowboarding, you may be interested in pursuing a claim against those who are responsible. Before you file a claim, it is recommended that you first consult a snowboard accident attorney to discuss your case. If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury after a ski or snowboard accident, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our El Paso ski accident attorneys.
COMMON INJURIES FROM SKI CRASHES
There are different types of accidents that can cause injuries while skiing and snowboarding. There are lift accidents that can occur when riders are getting on or off the lift, collisions between two or more riders, or skiing or snowboarding on dangerous terrain.
From these scenarios, there are many types of injuries that can occur. Some are more common in skiers than snowboarders and vice versa, but all can have lasting, damaging effects if gone untreated, even if the injury is minor. Common injuries suffered while participating in these and other winter sports include:
- Strains or sprains of the wrist, ankle, elbow, or shoulder
- Neck injuries
- Back pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Wrongful death
What to Do After a Snowboard or Ski Crash
What you do after you or a loved one has been involved in a ski or snowboard crash is vital not only to your health and safety, but also to the potential success of your claim. Follow the steps below immediately after an accident to ensure you and your personal injury lawyer have everything you need to receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Seek Medical Attention
Check yourself and others for injuries immediately after the accident occurs; especially seek medical attention right away if you have suffered a serious injury. Document your injuries at the scene through pictures, videos, and written notes if possible. After you receive treatment, ask your doctor for a copy of your medical records; these reports will be useful to your snowboard accident attorney later.
Report the Accident
Report the accident to the ski patrol office or a park ranger as soon as possible. If you are seriously injured, file the report as soon as possible after receiving treatment. Otherwise, report the accident immediately, even if you believe you are uninjured.
It is important to have the accident documented should you wish to file a claim later upon discovering latent injuries, or if the minor injuries you sustained become worse. Be sure to request a copy of the report and give this copy to your attorney.
Collect Information from Other Parties and Witnesses
If your accident was a collision with another snowboarder or skier, or multiple others, collect their contact information. Be sure to get their full names, phone numbers, and addresses. Your attorney will need this information for your claim.
If there were witnesses to your ski crash, collect their contact information as well. If they are willing to, have them provide a statement of what they saw. Any statement they may give will also be available in the report that the ski patrol will make.
It is very important that you do not admit fault to anyone at the scene. Be kind to the others involved when collecting information but be sure not to discuss fault.
Document the Scene
Take pictures of the surrounding area where the ski accident took place. Be sure to document any snow conditions or obstructions that contributed to the collision.
It is important to collect this documentation as soon as possible, for the changing weather conditions on the mountain from day to day could mean that the scene of the accident can look drastically different as early as the next day after the accident. You will want to preserve the details of the scene as they were when the accident occurred.
Contact El Paso Ski Accident Lawyers
After you have been treated for your injury, speak with a personal injury lawyer near you as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury lawyer will provide advice for your case and walk you through your next steps.
Finding the right ski accident attorney in El Paso may seem difficult, but there are plenty of resources available to make the process easier. You can use a simple internet search such as “snowboard accident lawyers” or “personal injury lawyer near me.” Another good option is to look for an attorney through the American Bar Association’s online directory. You can also find a lawyer through the Texas Bar Association’s website or a bar association of your county or city if there is one available, such as the El Paso Bar Association’s lawyer referral site.
You should choose an attorney from a personal injury law firm who has the experience and skill needed to handle your case, and a track record of success in pursing personal injury claims for victims of ski and snowboard accidents. Zinda Law Group’s personal injury lawyers have experience with these kinds of personal injury claims and an outstanding record of success in handling cases like yours for our clients.
Importance of Ski Accident Attorneys
A personal injury lawyer who has experience with the specific type of accident you’re dealing with is an invaluable asset to have. A ski accident attorney will know the ins and outs of the laws regarding these accidents and how best to help you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
As with all personal injury cases, time is of the essence, for there are time constraints, such as statutes of limitations, involved in civil cases that determine how long you will have to file your claim. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years; this means that you would have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim.
If you attempt to file your claim beyond that two-year limit, your claim is barred. An experienced ski accident injury attorney will be able to help you determine when you must file, and if you are subject to any of the exceptions that exist to “toll” or delay the deadline set by the statute of limitations.
A ski accident attorney will also know the specifics of what you may be dealing with in the aftermath of the accident and how this can affect your case. They will likely advise you to avoid speaking about your injuries with others or posting about it anywhere on social media, especially before having met with them. Speaking with others without before speaking with the attorney may hurt your case later. Further, a ski accident lawyer will advise you not speak with insurance claims adjusters without first speaking to them.
What can I Recover after a Ski Crash?
The damages you can recover from your ski or snowboard accident are determined by the extent of your injuries and any damage to your property that may occur. Damages are divided into two categories: compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are your economic and your non-economic damages. Punitive damages are damages imposed on the responsible party that are meant to punish him or her; these types of damages are very rarely awarded.
Economic damages are the actual financial cost of your injury and property damage. These damages include anything related to your medical expenses, such as hospital bills or the cost of physical therapy, to lost wages as a result of being unable to work while in recovery. The cost of any damage to your ski or snowboard equipment would also be a recoverable economic damage; other economic damages that may be recovered are those which are incidental to your injury and treatment, including alternative transportation costs and childcare costs.
Non-economic damages are emotional damages. This type of damage recovery is for the mental and emotional toll that the accident has taken on you and your family, also known as pain and suffering. You may experience a variety of emotions and conditions, such as anxiety or depression, because of your injury and present circumstances. Ideally, you may be able to recover damages from the responsible party for this suffering.
Possible Limits to Recovery Amount
In cases where the responsible party is another skier or snowboarder, the amount you can recover may come down to the homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy that person has. Most homeowners are required to purchase homeowner’s policies by their mortgage companies. Some may not be aware of this, but that homeowner’s insurance not only covers damage to a person’s home, but it also provides personal liability coverage to the homeowner and the other resident relatives in their household.
The personal liability coverage usually provides coverage for injuries caused outside a motor vehicle, such as a ski crash at a resort or other location. A typical homeowner’s insurance policy will include at least $100,000 in personal liability coverage. However, many policies include much more coverage, and some homeowners purchase umbrella policies which can provide another layer of coverage.
How Zinda Law Group Can Help You
Getting injured while on a vacation or short trip to a ski resort can be a source of immense emotional and financial strain on you and your family. It is important to get as much help and support as you can immediately following your or your loved one’s injury. Our ski accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group in El Paso can assist you with recovering the costs associated with your or your loved one’s injury and recovery.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers will guide you through the often-complex legal system to help file your claim and ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. We will take care of the legal work so you can focus on yourself and your family during this time of recovery. If we do not win your case, you will not pay any fees; this is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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