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SKI AND BOARD INJURIES

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Ski and board injuries can be devastating.  Whether caused by high-speed collisions or falling, these injuries can require significant medical treatment and cause lifelong disabilities.

Most states where skiing and snowboarding take place, including Colorado, have laws that specifically address injuries that occur at a ski area.  These laws set forth the rules and regulations that govern ski area operations and which determine when a person who is injured in an accident at a ski area may recover for their injuries.
There are several types of liability cases that can arise as a result of a ski or board accident.  These include:
 
  • Skier and Snowboarder Collisions
  • Collisions with Objects
  • Ski Area Liability
  • Ski Lift Accidents
  • Ski Instructor Negligence
  • Ski Equipment Defect and Negligence
In Colorado, as in many states, there are laws that protect ski area operators from liability for accidents occurring at the ski area. Specifically, if the accident arises out of some danger that is inherent in the sport of skiing, then the ski area is immune from liability.  These laws were enacted to help ski area operators avoid being sued for every injury that occures at the area.  
 
Skiers and boarders essentially assume the risks inherent in the sport of skiing when they buy a lift ticket and step foot onto the ski area.  There are certain limits to this immunity however.  If someone is injured and the danger or negligence that caused their injury was not necessarily inherent in the sport of skiing (boarding), then the ski area may be liable.  These cases must be considered carefully on a case-by-case basis.  No accident and no case is the same.  That is why it is important to discuss the facts of your potential case with one of our experienced lawyers to determine whether or not the ski area may be liable for your injuries.
 The most common type of claim arising from an accident at a ski area is a skier-to-skier collision (including snowboarders).  Most states have laws in place that require all skiers and snowboarders to ski under control at all times and in all types of terrain.  Unfortunately, many people don't.  Ski areas train their Ski Patrol personnel to be on the lookout for any out-of-control skiers and boarders, but they can't be everywhere all the time.  If you are injured by another skier or boarder, they are liable for your injuries.  Most homeowner's insurance policies will cover those people for their negligence.  This is where we come in. As experienced ski and board injury attorneys, we can determine who was at fault and whether they have insurance coverage to pay for your injuries and damages.