What Should I Do After a Ski AccidentLast updated on: April 9, 2021
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Skiing is a great way to spend the day, with beautiful mountains, fresh air, and a great workout. However, skiing accidents are not uncommon and may result in serious injury and emotional distress.
If you have been injured in a skiing accident, we are here to help. Our personal injury attorneys can help guide you through the legal process and answer any questions you have regarding your ski injury lawsuit. Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation. Our experienced and knowledgeable ski injury lawyers help clients determine what to do after a ski injury.
COMMON SKIING INJURIES
There are various types of injuries you may sustain if you were involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident. Some injuries are relatively minor and may only require rest or an ice pack. Other injuries may be more severe, requiring surgery, expensive medical care, and physical therapy. These costs can rise very quickly. Therefore, it is important to hire a knowledgeable ski accident attorney to help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Common ski injuries may include:
- Head injuries
- Medial collateral ligament tear
- ACL tear or rupture
- Wrist fracture
- Shoulder injuries
TYPES OF SKIING ACCIDENTS
There are many different ways a skiing accident can occur. A skiing accident is not always the fault of others, but if you can establish that another individual, or entity, was the cause of your injuries, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them.
One common type of skiing accident is between a skier and another skier, or snowboarder. However, not all collisions between skiers may be enough for a lawsuit. If you were involved in a collision with another skier or snowboarder and suffered an injury, you must be able to establish that the other person was at fault, or negligent, before you can file a claim.
For example, if you can show that the other skier failed to ski in a reasonably safe manner, causing the collision, you may be able to establish that they are at fault for any resulting injury. The National Ski Areas Association has put out a skier’s “Responsibility Code” that may help you in establishing fault for your ski accident lawsuit.
If you were involved in a skiing collision, and you believe the other person failed to abide by one or more of these points, you may be able to establish the other person was at fault for the collision.
Read More: How to Prevent Ski Injuries
Although chairlifts are typically a very safe way of getting up, or down, a mountain, unfortunate incidents do happen. For example, there have been 12 deaths attributed to chair lift malfunctions in the United States since 1973. However, most non-fatal falls from lifts are not recorded or collected by state agencies, so there is little information on the total amount of non-fatal injuries resulting from chairlift malfunctions.
If you have been the victim of a skiing accident involving a faulty chairlift, the manufacturer of the faulty equipment may be held liable for your injuries. Further, the distributor or retailer of the faulty product, or equipment, may also be liable due to their participation in the supply chain.
Poorly Maintained Resort
There are some instances in which the ski resort may be liable for your injuries. For example, if the ski resort failed to properly maintain their slopes, or provided misleading signage, they may be responsible for any injuries resulting from their negligence.
If you have been injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident, contact an experienced ski accident attorney today. Your attorney may help you determine who is at fault, and what kind of compensation you may be entitled to.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE?
Although it can be dangerous, skiing can also be an enjoyable sport and past time, if you take some precautions. Your skiing adventures will likely be much more enjoyable without traumatizing or harmful accidents. Below are some relatively easy precautions you can take to increase your safety while hitting the slopes:
Get in Shape
Get in shape before your ski vacation. Many gyms offer ski conditioning classes, which target specific exercises to make the transition to the slope more successful.
Buy a Helmet
Helmets help reduce the possibility of head trauma, such as concussions. Head injuries are common skiing injuries, but they may be reduced by the simple act of wearing a helmet. Always make sure your helmet is comfortable and fits correctly.
Ski Within your Ability
Always ski within your own personal ability and comfort zone. Ski under control and never let a friend or family member push you to ski a slope you are uncomfortable with.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SKIING ACCIDENT
If you have been injured while skiing, and due to the fault of another person, you may be asking what to do after that ski accident. Below are some steps you should take for your safety, as well as to help you establish fault in your ski accident lawsuit.
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do after any kind of ski or snowboarding accident is to seek medical attention. Your safety and wellbeing are always a top priority. Further, your adrenaline may be running high, masking any serious injuries that you may be unaware of. A medical professional will be able to determine the extent of your injuries and document them. This documentation may be beneficial for you in determining potential compensation down the road.
Contact Ski Patrol
You should always contact the mountain’s ski patrol if you have been injured in a skiing-related accident. Most mountains will have an emergency number on the resort map, or you may be able to ask a nearby resort employee. It may be a good idea to find and save the ski patrol’s number before hitting the slopes. Further, some states require everyone involved in a skiing accident to report the accident to the ski patrol before leaving the scene. If you are traveling out of state or to a new mountain resort, always make sure you are clear on the laws involving skiing or snowboarding accidents.
Take Pictures and Document the Accident
You should always carry your smartphone with you when skiing. Even if you do not have service on the mountain, your phone may still be able to take pictures and open apps, such as the notepad. If you are involved in an accident, your phone can help you document the scene, which may aid you in settlement negotiations.
If you are injured in a skiing accident, take pictures of everything, including any injuries. Further, using your phone’s notepad, write down every detail you can think of, including how the accident happened, the names and numbers of anyone involved, and the names and numbers of any witnesses.
Contact a Skiing Injury Lawyer
If you believe you are the victim of a ski accident, you should contact a skiing injury lawyer. Our Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to investigate your case, negotiate on your behalf, and represent you in court if a favorable settlement cannot be made.
OUR SKI INJURY LAWYERS MAY BE ABLE TO HELP
If you suffered a ski injury, you may be unsure what to do after the ski accident. Zinda Law Group attorneys are here to help guide you through the legal process and negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement. Zinda Law Group attorneys help injury victims seek the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We provide each of our clients with high-quality legal representation with no cost upfront. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay us unless we get you compensation in your case.