It’s no secret that Aspen is one of the largest skiing and snowboarding destinations in the United States. Families and friends flock from across the nation on weekends and vacations to hit the slopes during the season. While it’s common for skiers and snowboarders to become injured – they’re practicing a sport, after all – injuries that are caused by negligence deserve to be addressed, and at-fault parties should be held liable for their actions. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe to be caused by carelessness or recklessness, our Aspen ski and snowboarding accident attorneys are available to listen to your story in a free, no-obligation consultation. Klein Frank, P.C. has more than 60 years of combined legal experience and has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients. Allow us to use our knowledge and resources to guide you on the path to recovery.
Contact us online or by phone today for a free consultation at (303) 622-3876. Our team of accomplished attorneys is recognized among our peers and throughout the state for our advocacy and trial skills.
Common Types of Ski & Snowboarding Accidents
Depending on the cause of your injuries, you may be able to pursue a case for compensation. Those who ski and snowboard can be injured as a result of a dangerous run, improper maintenance, and in a collision with another skier or snowboarder. Many skiers and snowboarders are injured after falls from cliffs and slopes.
Depending on the nature of the accident, a victim can suffer from a wide array of injuries, though the injuries most commonly associated with skiing and snowboarding include:
- Shoulder, elbow, or wrist injuries, which can include sprains, fractures, and broken or crushed bones
- Knee or leg injuries
- Head or brain trauma
- Spinal cord or neck injuries
Knee injuries are the most common in skiers because of the sheer amount of shock and force that is applied to one’s knees, especially after a fall that results in the victim landing on their feet initially. Shoulder dislocations are more common in snowboarders, as victims tend to put their arms out when they fall.
Fortunately, most of these injuries can be treated with bracing, medications, and rest, though some injuries involving ligament injuries and fractures require surgery. Victims are often prevented from engaging in physical exercise for three to six months.
Who is Liable for Injuries?
After a snowboarding or skiing accident, liability can be determined after an assessment and accident investigation. Hiring a personal injury attorney is helpful in that a law firm has the resources and experience needed to collect valuable evidence to support your case.
Those who are commonly found responsible for negligence in a snowboarding or skiing accident include:
- A fellow skier or snowboarder: This is most often the case after an accident involving collisions. A skier or snowboarder can be at-fault if it’s found that their negligence led to a collision.
- Ski resort operators: Resort employees and lift operators must go through training and are required to provide a duty of care for guests. When they violate this duty of care, such as failing to supervise those getting on a lift or maintain a safe environment, they can be held individually liable. However, the ski resort itself can be held responsible in some cases.
- Ski or snowboarding equipment manufacturers: If the accident was caused as a result of an equipment defect or malfunction, the manufacturer of the equipment may be held responsible for neglect.
Snow-related accidents can quickly pile up your medical bills, lost wages from having to miss work, property damage, and more. No one has a fund dedicated to treating injuries, because we don’t expect to ever be injured in an accident. Our attorneys can help you achieve the compensation you deserve by filing a claim against at-fault parties. We go above and beyond to be a voice for you during this dark time and achieve justice on your behalf.
Don’t wait to receive the advocacy and support you deserve. Call our Aspen ski and snowboarding accident attorneys today at (303) 622-3876 so we can get started on your case.