Denver Ski Accident Lawyer

Denver ski accident lawyerEvery winter, enthusiasts hit the slopes at nearly 500 ski resorts and lodges across the United States. At nearly every one of these lodges and resorts, skiers and snowboarders encounter a variety of warning signs. Most skiers also receive liability waivers. While the exact number of sprains, broken bones, and torn ligaments is unknown, there is data that shows the number of ski-related catastrophic injuries. Studies show that about forty ski-related deaths and another forty serious injuries (such as paralysis, spinal cord injuries, and serious head trauma) happen every year to skiers in the U.S. If you are injured at a ski resort in Colorado, don’t simply accept what the resort tells you or settle for what their insurance companies offer you without speaking to a personal injury lawyer. As soon as you’ve received medical treatment, promptly arrange to speak with an experienced Denver ski accident lawyer at the law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C.

WE CAN EXPLAIN YOUR RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

Skiers may sometimes be unaware of their legal rights. If you are injured at a ski resort, your rights and options will hinge on how the injury happened. If you were injured while skiing or snowboarding and you believe that your injury was caused by the negligence of another skier or snowboarder, you have the right to recover for your losses. However, if you think that your injury was not the fault of an individual, but rather the fault of the ski resort business itself, your may find that your legal rights are somewhat restricted. Ski resorts are generally protected from lawsuits related to the “normal” injuries associated with skiing. However, some injuries are not considered inherent in the risk of skiing and releases may not be valid. If you’re injured while skiing in Colorado, an experienced Denver personal injury attorney can help you determine if you have grounds to file a personal injury claim. If you file a claim after becoming our client at Norton and Bowers, P.C. we will fight diligently and aggressively for the compensation you need and deserve.

EXCEPTIONS TO INHERENT RISK

Although ski resorts are legally protected in a lot of situations because injuries can be an inherent risk of skiing, there are some exceptions to this law. Ski resorts may not be able to use the inherent risk defense in these situations:

  • The chairlift was malfunctioning and caused an injury as a result
  • A snow machine was improperly stored or parked
  • A ski patroller or ski instructor employed by the resort was acting negligent or recklessly on the slopes

Remember, if you are injured at a ski resort away from the slopes, the inherent risk rule does not apply since you are not skiing. For example, if you slip and fall within the resort or as you are walking to the ski lift, this is not an inherent risk of skiing and you may be entitled to compensation from the resort because of premises liability laws. If you have injured yourself in a ski accident, speak to a lawyer from Norton and Bowers, P.C. to determine whether or not the ski resort can be held liable.

HOW TO PROVE NEGLIGENCE

Another way to recover losses for your injury is to prove that another skier or snowboarder acted negligent. The ski industry has created a list of rules, known as the Skier Responsibility Code, which was designed to promote safe skiing. You may notice that the ski area you visit has these rules posted throughout the property to remind skiers of appropriate behavior. If another skier or snowboarder violates these rules and you are injured as a result, you may be able to prove negligence. Some of these guidelines include:

  • Skiers must stay in control of their skis and be able to stop at a moment’s notice to avoid people or physical objects in their path
  • It is the skier’s responsibility to avoid any people who are in front of them since these people have the right away
  • When a skier begins to go downhill or merge into a trail, the skier must look upwards and yield to other skiers.
  • You cannot stop in the path of a trail or any other area where you may block skiers from getting past you
  • Skiers must observe posted signs and warnings that are posted, including avoiding closed trails
  • You must be properly trained in how to use a ski lift, including how to load, unload and ride safely

This is just a partial list of the Skier Responsibility Code, so there are other guidelines that may prove negligence. Remember, it is the skier’s responsibility to understand the code, and if a skier violates these guidelines, he or she may be liable in your personal injury case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a ski accident as a result of negligence, contact the Denver ski accident attorneys at Norton and Bowers, P.C.

COMPENSATION FOR SKI ACCIDENT VICTIMS

Ski accident injuries can seriously impact the quality of your life. Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensation may be awarded for:

  • Medical expenses that the victim has incurred as a result of the accident
  • Future medical expenses that the victim expects to pay
  • Loss of wages if the injury has impacted your ability to work
  • Pain and suffering that you have experienced as a result of the accident
  • Any out of pocket expenses caused by the accident

Contact the ski accident attorneys at Norton and Bowers, P.C. for assistance with your personal injury case. Our team of top lawyers will work tirelessly to recover the compensation that you deserve.

SPEAK DIRECTLY TO AN ATTORNEY

Our personal injury lawyers represent individuals in a wide variety of cases, including those involving ski-related accidents, motorcycle accidents, motor vehicle collisions, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and insurance bad faith claims. Our years of experience have given us the legal knowledge to fight aggressively on behalf of our clients. If you have been injured because of someone’s negligence, speak to an attorney today.

Norton and Bowers, P.C. serves clients on a contingency fee basis. There is no attorney fee until we collect for you. If you’ve been injured while skiing or snowboarding in the state of Colorado, please call us promptly at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on this site to arrange a free consultation. You’ll be able to speak directly to a Denver ski accident lawyer about your case. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available. If you’re injured in Colorado because of someone else’s negligence, let Norton and Bowers, P.C. go to work for you as quickly as possible.

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