Waco Ski Accident LawyersLast updated on: May 26, 2022
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Every year, millions of people ski and snowboard across the United States. Unfortunately, while these sports provide visitors with rushes of adrenaline and excitement, anyone who skis or snowboards also faces the risk of severe or catastrophic injuries while on the slopes. Each year, our Waco ski accident lawyers help victims pursue any compensation they may be entitled to after being involved in an accident while skiing or snowboarding in Texas.
If you or your loved one have been injured in a ski or snowboard accident in Waco, call Zinda Law Group’s ski accident lawyers today at (800) 863-5312. We will quickly schedule your free consultation with a skilled personal injury lawyer who will review your options with you. If we are not able to win your case, you will not owe us anything.
Common reasons for ski accidents in Waco
Every ski accident is unique, with multiple variables potentially contributing to the accident. However, certain situations may increase the likelihood of accidents and skier injuries. Many ski accidents in Waco often fall within certain broad categories of causes. Some of the most common reasons for ski accidents in Waco include:
Collisions With Other Skiers
When a skier or snowboarder fails to pay proper attention, loses control, or cannot turn in time, he or she may collide with one or more other people on the slope. Given the speed many people reach while skiing or snowboarding, these collisions can cause serious or even catastrophic injuries for anyone involved in accidents. Texas, like most states, generally requires the uphill skier or snowboarder to avoid hitting others below them on the slope. The uphill skier may be held liable for an accident if they fail to avoid these collisions.
In many cases, the skier alone may not have the necessary resources to fully compensate you for your injuries and damages. Fortunately, the knowledgeable attorneys at Zinda Law Group will use their experience to help you explore all of your options. In some cases, your attorney can help you file a claim through the responsible skier’s homeowners’ or renters’ insurance coverage. However, many of these policies may have specific requirements and shortened time frames within which a claim must be filed. To protect your legal rights to pursue available compensation, contact Zinda Law Group today for your free consultation.
Collisions With Objects or Falls
Ski accidents involving collisions with other skiers are typically the most common cause of ski accident injuries, but skiers may also be injured after colliding with an object. Some of the most common objects skiers may crash into on the slopes include:
- Ski lifts
- Bushes or shrubbery
- Fences or other barriers
While collisions with inanimate objects often do not involve other skiers, you may still be able to pursue compensation if your fall or collision was the result of negligence. For example, an experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to help you hold the ski resort liable for negligently placing signs, ski lifts, fences, or other objects in an area of the slope in such a way that causes an accident.
Many first-time or inexperienced skiers or snowboarders may take lessons from an instructor. In some cases, these instructors may provide poor or inadequate instructions and training. In turn, inexperienced skiers may not be adequately prepared to safely hit the slopes. For example, the instructor may have failed to properly teach skills such as turning or coming to a stop, which makes the skier unable to avoid colliding with an object or another skier.
If you were given inadequate instruction, you may be able to hold the instructor liable for any injuries or damages you suffered. Meanwhile, if the instructor was employed by the resort or your lessons occurred at the resort, a skilled ski accident lawyer from Zinda Law Group may be able to help you seek compensation from the ski resort.
Defective Or Malfunctioning Equipment
While most skiing accidents are caused by a skier, instructor, or ski resort failing to take proper care to avoid accidents, other accidents may be the result of negligence by third-parties who never personally came into contact with the victim. Instead, these accidents may be caused by malfunctioning or defective equipment. If a manufacturing or design defect in the equipment, such as your skis or the ski lift caused your accident, your attorney may be able to help you file a products liability claim against third-parties, including:
- The product manufacturer
- The parts manufacturers
- The product designers
- Distributors of the defective product
- Retailers of the defective product
Meanwhile, some accidents may be caused by malfunctioning equipment that was poorly maintained. Ski resorts require certain equipment, such as ski lifts and snowmobiles, which need regular maintenance to ensure they stay in proper and safe working condition. If the ski resort fails to properly maintain equipment and this failure results in injuries or damages to one or more victims, the ski resort may be liable. Liability for accidents potentially caused by defective or malfunctioning equipment can be confusing to determine, but an experienced ski accident attorney can help you determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages.
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Types of Waco skier injuries
While thrilling for people of all ages, skiing and snowboarding are dangerous activities, especially if skiers and resorts fail to take proper care. Depending on the nature of the accident, victims may suffer a wide variety of injuries, ranging from minor injuries, such as ankle sprains, to potentially catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries. Victims of a ski or snowboard accident may suffer injuries such as:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Sprains such as ankle, knee, or wrist sprains
- Torn ligaments
- Neck or spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Wrongful death
Depending on the extent of these injuries, victims may experience temporary or permanent disabilities or potentially slip into a coma. If you or a loved one were injured while skiing or snowboarding in Waco, you should call a Waco injury attorney today.
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Frequently asked questions after a Waco ski accident
Any accident victim may face uncertainty and confusion immediately after the incident. Our attorneys understand how difficult the aftermath of your accident can be, and our team at Zinda Law Group is dedicated to helping Waco accident victims navigate this confusing time. To assist you in this process, here are some answers to frequently asked questions after a ski or snowboard accident:
1. Can I Still Sue The Resort If I Signed A Waiver?
Most ski resorts require a skier or snowboarder to sign an injury waiver before being permitted to access the slopes. Like many businesses involving potentially dangerous activities, resorts seek to make it as difficult as possible for accident victims to successfully hold the resort liable for any injuries. Your ski accident attorney can determine whether the ski resort may be held liable regardless of the signed waiver, or if you need to narrow your claim against other potentially liable parties.
Potential Exceptions To Signed Waivers
While a signed pre-injury release will often make it difficult for victims to pursue compensation against a ski resort, there are some exceptions to enforcing these waivers. Common exceptions preventing enforcement of signed liability waivers include:
- The accident was not caused by negligence, but it was instead caused by the recklessness or intentional misconduct of the resort or its employees;
- The waiver did not meet the requisite legal requirements to constitute a valid release from liability, such as if the waiver was not sufficiently distinctive to ensure each person knew and understood he or she was releasing the resort from liability;
- The waiver did not release the resort from liability for the specific type of accident that occurred.
Texas law may also recognize an exception to waivers involving minors. In 2010, a federal district court in Texas ruled that a parent’s signature on a preinjury release could not be enforced as waiving a minor’s rights to pursue an injury claim. Texas courts have expressed a “strong, long-standing policy of this state to protect the interests of its children” by refusing to allow parents to waive a minor child’s ability to pursue compensation for personal injuries. If you signed a preinjury release waiving the resort’s liability, contact a Waco personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible to determine your legal rights and whether you may still be able to hold the resort liable for negligence that may have caused your injuries.
2. How Long Do I Have To File An Injury Claim?
Following your accident, you have a set time period, known as the statute of limitations, within which you can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek the compensation you may be entitled to for any injuries or damages you suffered in the accident. Pursuant to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 16.003, injury victims must file a personal injury claim within two years from the date of the accident. If the accident resulted in the victim’s death, this section also provides that a representative of the victim’s estate will also have two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a wrongful death claim.
Unless a specific exemption exists under Texas law, such as in the case of victims who are minor children, a court will generally not allow you to bring an injury claim once the statute of limitations has expired. However, if the victim injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, the statute of limitations will not begin running until the minor’s 18th birthday. The minor will then have two years from the date they turn 18 within which to file a personal injury claim for their injuries or damages.
Contact ZINDA LAW GROUP’s Waco ski accident lawyers near you today
Many Americans participate in winter sports every year. Whether skiing competitively, vacationing as a family, or simply taking a group trip, skiers and snowboarders flock to ski slopes to enjoy the adrenaline rush provided by these sports. Unfortunately, these sports also pose serious dangers regardless of experience and skill.
If you or your loved one have been injured in a snowboard or ski accident, you should call the attorneys at Zinda Law Group today to schedule your free consultation. Your attorney will help you understand your legal rights and who may be liable for your injuries. At Zinda Law Group, your lawyer will use his or her years of experience helping other ski accident victims to walk you through the compensation process and to negotiate with insurance companies.
Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your free consultation with a Waco injury attorney as soon as possible. Our team will handle your injury claim so you can focus on recovering from the accident. You will not pay anything unless we win your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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