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Skiing can be a great way to spend the day, bond with family, and enjoy a great outdoor workout. However, skiing accidents are not uncommon, and you should know what to do in case you are unfortunately involved in an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a skiing accident, we may be able to help. Our experienced ski injury attorneys are available to help guide you through the legal process and answer any questions you may have regarding your ski injury lawsuit. Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with a ski injury attorney.
COMMON SKI INJURIES
There are many different types of injuries that may develop due to skiing accidents. Some of these injuries can be treated at home, while others will need medical attention or even expensive surgery. If you have been injured in a skiing accident, always seek medical attention. Failure to seek medical attention may make a minor injury more serious over time.
Below are examples of some common ski injuries:
- Medial ligament sprain
- Fractured collarbone
- Medial meniscus injury
- AC joint injury
- Thumb sprain
If you have been injured in a skiing accident, Zinda Law Group attorneys can help you investigate your case and discuss any potential compensation you may be entitled to.
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SKI ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Before taking a ski resort vacation, you may be wondering, “How common are ski injuries?” With millions of Americans enjoying skiing and snowboarding outings each year, it is not surprising that injuries relating to snow sports are not uncommon. Statistics for the 2018 to 2019 ski season illustrate how common ski injuries are.
- Over 10 million snow sport participants
- 476 total ski areas in operation
- 31 catastrophic injuries
- Of the 31 catastrophic injuries, 20% of the individuals were not wearing a helmet
- In 2018, there were over 76,000 hospital, emergency room, and doctors’ visits for skiing injuries
If you or a loved one have been injured in a skiing accident, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer today. We help our clients through every step of the legal process and help them seek the compensation you deserve for their injuries.
TYPES OF SKIING ACCIDENTS
Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders is a relatively common type of skiing accident. To seek compensation for these accidents you must be able to show negligence, or an intentional act, on the part of the other individual.
Poorly Trained Employees
If the resort employees are inadequately trained, you may be able to receive compensation for any accidents caused by their negligence. This may include inadequate instructions from a skiing instructor, leading to an accident that otherwise may have been avoided.
Poorly Maintained Resort
If the resort fails to properly maintain its ski slopes, it may lead to skiing accidents. For example, if it can be shown that the resort negligently failed to maintain proper signage, they may be liable for any injuries resulting from that negligence.
If you have been the victim of a skiing injury, and you believe someone else is responsible for the accident and any resulting injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced skiing accident attorney today to discuss your case.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE?
Considering how common ski injuries are, you should be sure to take a few precautions to make your time on the slopes a little safer. Taking these relatively easy precautions may help you avoid serious injury and expensive medical bills.
Make Safe Decisions
Skiers are constantly required to make certain decisions while engaging in the sport. These decisions include choosing the slope, the terrain, and the speed at which you are traveling. Never ski a slope you are uncomfortable with, and do not let others pressure you into skiing beyond your skill level.
Prepare in Advance
It is important to prepare yourself in advance for ski season. One thing you can do to prepare yourself is to work out. Skiers with increased fitness are able to ski at a higher level. Fortunately, many gyms offer specific classes to get skiers ready for the season.
Another step you can take to prepare yourself is to become familiar with the terrain. If you are on a new slope, always take the first run slowly.
Maintain the Right Equipment
Always get, and maintain, the correct equipment. Make sure your skis are the correct length, your bindings properly fit, and your helmet is comfortable and well-fitting. Head injuries are common in ski accidents but may be avoided by wearing a helmet.
Skiing is a fun and enjoyable pastime, but remember, it can be dangerous. These simple precautions can help you stay safe and avoid potentially catastrophic injury.
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A SKIING ACCIDENT
If you enjoy skiing, or are trying it for the first time, it is always important to know what to do in the unfortunate case you are involved in an accident. Skiing accidents are not uncommon, and it may be a good idea to be prepared. Below are steps you can take so that you know what to do in the case of a skiing accident.
Seek Medical Attention
If you have been involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, you should always seek medical attention, no matter how small you believe your injuries are. Injuries left untreated may result in more serious complications. Further, a medical professional will be able to accurately assess any injuries that may not be readily apparent. Your safety and wellbeing are always a top priority.
Contact Ski Patrol
The next step is to contact the mountain’s ski patrol to report the accident. If you do not have the number for ski patrol, it may be located on the resort’s map, or you may see it at the base of the resort. If you are unable to locate the number, any resort employee should be able to help you contact them. It is always a good idea to find the ski patrol’s number and save it in your phone before hitting the slopes.
Document the Accident
Although you may not have access to a pen and paper while on the side of a mountain, you will hopefully have access to a smartphone. If so, it is important to take pictures of the area in which the accident occurred. You can also use the phone to take notes about how the accident occurred. This information may come in handy later on during settlement negotiations.
Hire a Skiing Injury Lawyer
Lastly, it is important to hire an experienced ski injury attorney to help you with your case. Zinda Law Group attorneys are nationwide and here to help you through each step of your ski accident lawsuit. We can help investigate your case, determine the at-fault party, and work to get you compensation for your injuries. A lawyer may be able to negotiate a fair settlement without going to court, but sometimes, the at-fault party will not want to pay a reasonable sum. If this is the case, Zinda Law Group attorneys may fight relentlessly in court to get you compensation for your ski accident injuries.
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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SKIING INJURIES
The statute of limitations is the time limit you have to file a lawsuit. This time limit is important, as your case may be completely barred if you do not file it in time. Each state has a different statute of limitations for each type of case, so it is important to speak with a lawyer immediately following your injury so that you may be able to collect compensation.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Colorado is two years.
If you have been injured in a skiing accident, contact one of our attorneys today to discuss your case and ensure your case is filed on time.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED SKI INJURY LAWYERS
Skiing accidents are not uncommon and may result in serious injury, or even death. Our Denver attorneys work tirelessly to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation available in their ski accident lawsuit. We are here to answer any questions you may have and help guide you through the, sometimes confusing, legal process.
Zinda Law Group attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to help win your case. Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your 100% free consultation. Zinda Law Group attorneys are nationwide and available to discuss your skiing accident case. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe us anything unless we are able to win your case.