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Understanding the Basics of Skiing & Snowboarding Accident Lawsuits

Posted On: Monday, August 24, 2015

Colorado is one of the most popular states for skiing and snowboarding. The Rockies is an ideal location for these winter recreational activities. However, accidents are unfortunately common, leading to serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, it is important to understand the potential legal ramifications.

Ski and snowboard accidents can causes a wide range of injuries, from broken bones to head and spinal injuries. The most common causes of these injuries include:

  • Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders
  • Collisions with trees, fences, signs, etc.
  • Chair lift accidents
  • Inadequate directions from an instructor
  • Equipment failure

If you feel your accident was caused by someone else’s actions, then you may be able to file a lawsuit. Reasons to file a claim include:

  • General negligence. In order to prove negligence, you must show that another party is at fault for your accident. Examples of negligence include another skier or snowboarder acting carelessly, the property you were on was poorly maintained, or your instructor allowed you to ski or snowboard on terrain that was above your skill level.
  • Defective products. If your protective gear or a chair lift is defective, it could lead to an accident. Whether the product defect occurred in design, manufacture or distribution, you may be able to receive compensation from the culpable company.

Skiing and snowboarding are seen as inherently dangerous activities. During a lawsuit, the defendant may use the “assumption of risk” defense, meaning that you should not receive compensation because you were aware of the potential for harm when you chose to participate in these sports. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with these types of cases and can fight against this defense tactic.

These accident cases can be complex, involving many different parties, laws and regulations. Because of this, it is important that you are represented by an attorney who understands the intricacies of the law. At Lampert & Walsh, LLC, we have a reputation for success in getting our clients compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 720-893-9903 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Denver office. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay legal fees until we obtain a settlement for you.