Who is held responsible for my ski accident?
Unfortunately, some trips to the slopes result in serious personal injury to a skier or snowboarder. Skiing accidents and snowboarding accidents cannot simply be considered the same as "car accidents on a ski trail." The dynamics of a ski or snowboard collision are unique to the sport, as is the law governing ski accident claims.
When a skier or snowboarder is injured in a ski accident, a complicated system of rules, regulations and ski safety statutes will determine whether a claim can brought against the responsible party – whether a ski area operator, a fellow participant or an equipment manufacturer/supplier. The forces involved in a skiing accident often result in serious orthopedic injuries and damage to internal organs. After years of handling ski accident cases, our ski lawyers understand the challenges of these injuries and the need to fully document the long road to recovery.
The overwhelming consequences of a ski-related injury are even worse when, due to the negligence of someone else, the injury results in a wrongful death, and family and friends are left to sort out the legal details while coping with their loss. Every ski accident is unique, and understanding the nuances of ski law is essential to pursuing a successful skiing accident claim.
Often, a ski injury case will focus on the "threshold question" of whether or not the injury or death was related to a risk that the skier assumed. The answer not only depends on the facts of the accident, but also on state ski law. From our offices in Colorado and Utah, our ski lawyers have handled ski accident cases across the nation.
Types of Ski Accidents
In our ski law practice, we generally see four types of ski accident cases:
We strongly encourage victims of a ski accident to contact us promptly because many ski area employees are seasonal and are not U.S. citizens. The earlier our ski lawyers can secure all the relevant evidence and testimony, the stronger your case becomes. And each state has a time limit in which one must file a personal injury claim arising from a ski accident - the period and requirements for notice vary with the state, let us advise you as to time considerations for your claim.
Handling all Cases on a Contingency Basis
For your ski accident case, as in all of our personal injury cases, you will only be asked to pay attorney fees if we are successful in recovering compensation for you.
Offering Free Consultations
Call for a free consultation with an experienced ski lawyer at Chalat Hatten & Banker in Denver, Colorado to discuss your ski accident, toll-free at 1.800.221.5526.