Skiing and Snowboarding are no longer merely recreational activities enjoyed by the few of us living in snowy regions. These wintry outdoor activities have risen to become mainstream sports activities and competitive endeavors, unfortunately leading to an increase in the amount of injuries they cause each year. Take a look at what you need to know if you’ve been hurt in a skiing or snowboarding accident, and contact a Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer if you believe you are entitled to legal action.
Types of Accidents and Injuries
The majority of skiing and snowboarding injuries are caused by the following kinds of accidents:
- Incidents involving chair lifts
- Failure of skiing and snowboarding equipment
- Poor instruction from an instructor
- Collisions with other people, trees, barriers, fences or signs
The harm that these accidents cause can range from relatively less severe, such as sprained wrists or knee injuries, to more severe like head and spinal cord injuries. Snowboarding alone causes more injuries than all other outdoor activities. A recent CDC study found that the most vulnerable groups for severe skiing and snowboarding injuries are, sadly, children and adolescents.
Types of Lawsuits
Skiing and snowboarding lawsuits generally arise from negligence or a defective product. Negligence is based on a legal concept that upholds citizens to a reasonable amount of care for others. When a party does not meet this standard of care, they are considered negligent and may be liable for any injuries that resulted from their negligence. You skiing or snowboarding lawsuit may be based on negligence of one of the following scenarios caused your injury.
- Your instructor took you to ski or snowboard on slopes that were above your ability level.
- Another person’s reckless behavior caused you to collide with them.
- You were skiing or snowboarding on slopes that were not adequately marked, maintained or designed.
Defective product liability claims differ from personal injury claims that are based on negligence because the defective product was not necessarily someone’s fault. If you sustained your injuries due to a product that was defective or dangerous like a broken ski binding or a defective chair lift, you may qualify for compensation from the companies that distributed, manufactured or even designed the product.
Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
Compensation in personal injury cases comes in the form of a monetary award known as damages. Ideally, your damages should cover your medical expenses associated with your injury, any lost income due to your injury as well as compensation for any additional pain and suffering your injury caused you.
When you’re filing a lawsuit in order to gain compensation, the defense commonly raises the issue of the “assumption of risk.” This concept states that you were aware of the risks involved before you participated in the activity, and you chose to participate in it anyway. This tactic is commonly used in an attempt to avoid paying you your due compensation. This is where a trained attorney comes into play when representing you.
Contact a Colorado Springs Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident and believe that you are entitled to compensation, contact an experienced Colorado Springs personal injury attorney from Heuser & Heuser Injury Lawyers. Our professional team of attorneys has been representing the good people of Colorado for years, and we’re here to represent you in your time of need.