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Each year there are thousands of skier and snowboarder accidents, many of which result in injuries of varying degrees. According to the National Ski Areas Association, in the 2020-2021 season alone, there were 48 fatalities and 41 catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured on the slopes, call our Houston ski accident lawyers today.

At Zinda Law Group we know that you have suffered physically and financially, which is why we don’t charge our clients a dime unless we win your case. To set up a free consultation with one of our ski accident attorneys today, call (800) 863-5312.

SKIING ACCIDENTS FAQ’S

Taking a trip to the snowy slopes is supposed to be fun and exciting, but sometimes it can unfortunately end with a trip to the hospital. If you have found yourself in that position, you probably have a lot of good questions, and at Zinda Law Group we have the answers. Below are a few common concerns, but for more answers and a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, call (800) 863-5312.

What are the Common Causes of Snowboarder and Skier Accidents?

There are many different types of causes of snow sport injuries; below are some common examples. This is a non-exhaustive list, so even if the cause of your or your loved one’s injury is not below, you may still have a viable legal claim.

Some common causes of snowboarding and skiing accidents are:

  • Getting on or off the chair lift
  • Dangerous terrain that is improperly maintained
  • Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders who failed to regulate speed control or take rests
  • Others skiing/snowboarding above their ability level
  • Improper or defective equipment
  • Dehydration or inadequate adjustment to altitude
  • Lack of warning signs on the mountain or failure to observe posted signs
  • Skiing or snowboarding off trail or in closed areas

What Types of Injuries Do Ski Accidents Cause?

Unfortunately, skiing and snowboarding are sports that can cause extensive injuries to many areas of the body. Although injuries vary in severity, it is always important to get checked out by a medical expert. In the moment, the fall or collision may not seem serious, but without medical attention injuries can get much worse over time.

Some of the most common injuries are:

  • Anterior cruciate or collateral (ACL) ligament injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Shoulder dislocations or fractures
  • Shoulder separations
  • Lower extremity fractures
  • Closed head injuries
  • Wrist, hand, or thumb injuries
  • Spinal injuries

What Kind of Compensation Might I Be Entitled To working with Houston Ski Accident Lawyers?

It is impossible to know exactly the amount of compensation you could receive, but generally plaintiffs will receive economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are expenses that are easy for you to point to, like medical bills or lost wages from having to take time off of work. Non-economic damages are a bit more difficult to quantify but refer to compensation for things like your pain and suffering.

In Texas, plaintiffs may be able to receive punitive damages, also called exemplary damages; these damages are awarded to punish the defendant for causing harm. In order to be awarded exemplary damages, the plaintiff must show that the defendant acted fraudulently, with malice, or was grossly negligent; this can be difficult to prove, which is another reason it is so important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Notably, punitive damages are capped in Texas at a certain amount.

WHAT DOES A SKIING ACCIDENT LAWSUIT LOOK LIKE?

These types of lawsuits are complex and can look different depending on your individual circumstances, which is why it is important to have a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Zinda Law Group, our lawyers will listen to your story and help you set your expectations. Below is some general information about these types of lawsuits, but keep in mind that some aspects of your case may be different.

Whom Would I Sue?  

Sometimes you may have a legal claim against the ski resort itself; this could be for reasons like failing to properly maintain the mountain, for failing to provide sufficient safety measures, or for renting you defective equipment. Other times you may have a legal claim against an individual skier or snowboarder. If someone collided with you and caused your injury—whether it was intentional or because they failed to regulate their speed or were trying to ski on trails above their skill level—they may be liable.

What is the Legal Claim?

Regardless of who is being sued, you will typically be asserting a negligence cause of action. Everyone—from the resort to the other skiers on the mountain—must exercise reasonable care to prevent harm; this means that the resort must take proper care of their trails, and other skiers or snowboarders must follow the rules of the mountain and act responsibly. If that reasonable care is violated, then that entity or person may be found to be negligent.

Proving negligence requires proving four elements: duty, breach, injury, and causation. First, you must prove that the defendant owed a duty to you, the plaintiff. Ski resorts owe their customers a duty of care, and skiers also owe a duty of care to other people on the slopes.

Next, you must prove that the defendant breached this duty of care. This means showing that the resort failed to follow some safety precaution, or that the other skier collided with you because they were not being responsible. Then you must prove that you were injured, and that the injury was the result of the defendant’s breach.

Although it may seem simple, proving each element in court is a difficult task. An experienced ski and snowboard accident lawyer can help you investigate your case to gather the necessary evidence you need to establish these four elements and get you the compensation you deserve.

How Will the Process Pan Out?

You may be surprised to learn that your case could be resolved without ever having to go to court. Typically, what will happen is this:

  • After your consultation, one of our injury lawyers will file a claim against the negligent party’s insurance.
  • Then, your attorney and the attorney for the insurance company will likely negotiate about the case; the attorneys may reach a settlement offer that you are comfortable with, which would negate the need to ever go to court.
  • If negotiations do not work out, then you and your attorney would go to court to prove negligence in front of a judge or jury.

what DO I DO AFTER A skiing accident?

Although accidents caused through the fault of others can be impossible to prevent, you can educate yourself on what steps to take if you have found yourself in this unfortunate position. If you or a loved one has been injured in a skier or snowboarder accident, follow these measures to best prepare yourself for possible litigation:

1. Seek Medical Attention. First things first, assess your injuries and get medical help. Even if it feels like you aren’t too banged up, it is extremely important to see a doctor regardless. Many injuries may not be readily apparent, such as head trauma, and those injuries can progress if left untreated.

Pay attention to any bleeding, bruising, or swelling and get treatment as soon as you can. If possible, for you to do so, take pictures of the injuries and of your immediate surroundings.

2. Document the Evidence. In addition to taking pictures of your injuries, try to take note of what caused the accident. If it was another skier who collided with you, make sure to get their contact information, especially their home address. You can also try to take pictures of the other skier’s path so that you can later explain how the collision took place.

If the injury was caused by improper equipment or the resort’s failure to maintain the mountain, take pictures of what you can to support your case. If there were witnesses of the incident that caused your injury, it is extremely important that you ask for their contact information; that way later on we can use their testimony in support of your case if necessary.

3. Call Zinda Law Group. In Texas, plaintiffs only have two years to bring a lawsuit after an accident occurs, so don’t wait; call Zinda Law Group and speak to one of our professional accident injury attorneys

If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your harm. At Zinda Law Group our experienced attorneys know how to fight for you to win your case with the least amount of stress to you as possible. You can have peace of mind knowing that our attorneys will do everything in their power to help you achieve the best outcome possible.

Get help TODAY from an experienced ski and snowboard accident lawyer at zinda law group

At Zinda Law Group, we know the stress that you have been under, including the financial stress, which is why we offer 100% free consultations and why we promise to not charge you a penny unless we win your case. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”

To take advantage of this offer and take the first step towards obtaining the compensation you deserve, call (800) 863-5312 today. Our experienced attorneys are waiting to provide you with the high-quality advocacy you deserve.

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