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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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