Denver Snowboard & Ski Accident Lawyers
Trips to the slopes can be thrilling ways to enjoy the Colorado outdoors. Sometimes, however, these trips end in accidents and catastrophic injuries, which may be the result of avoidable negligence. When that occurs, ski and snowboard accident victims can be entitled to compensation for their injuries, suffering and losses – and they may have various legal options for holding the negligent parties accountable.
At the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C., our Denver attorneys have more than 35 years’ experience helping negligence victims obtain financial recoveries and fight for justice.
Diligent and skilled, we have the insights and resources necessary to bring snowboard and ski accident cases to successful outcomes. If you or a loved one has been injured in a snowboard or skiing accident, contact a Denver lawyer at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. for answers about your legal options and for extraordinary advocacy moving forward.
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Our premises liability attorneys are ready to discuss your situation and provide you with superior representation. We do not charge any legal fees if there is no recovery for your case.
Can I Sue a Ski Resort for a Snowboarding or Skiing Accident?
The facts and causes of your accident will determine whether you can sue a ski resort for a snowboard or skiing accident. While our attorneys can provide you with specific answers after hearing more about your circumstances, generally, ski resorts can be liable for accidents and injuries caused by:
- Faulty rental equipment
- Negligent ski instructors
- Failures to properly groom grounds
- Failures to properly mark, block off or warn visitors about hazardous areas (like avalanche zones)
- Inadequate security
- Ski lift accidents arising from failures to properly maintain, repair and/or operate ski lifts – This is true regardless of whether you signed some type of waiver when buying lift passes. Ski resorts are legally responsible for providing safe equipment and premises.
Please be aware that ski resorts may be just one liable party for ski and snowboard accidents. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, other liable parties may include (but may not be limited to):
- Other visitors, when their negligent actions lead to collisions on the slopes
- Equipment makers, when design flaws or other inherent equipment defects result in harmful malfunctions.
What Is Colorado’s Ski Safety Act?
Enacted in 1979, the Colorado Ski Safety Act stipulates that skiers and snowboarders take on the risk of injury arising from the inherent risks associated with these sports. This includes (and is not necessarily limited to) the risk of:
- Collisions with other skiers or snowboards or natural features (like trees)
- Changing or adverse weather conditions.
This Act does NOT, however, absolve other skiers or snowboards from liability arising from their acts of negligence. In other words, skiers and snowboards who are behaving recklessly or carelessly can be held accountable for any resulting damage.
What Damages Are Available for Snowboard & Skiing Accident Cases?
Compensation for ski and snowboard accident cases can vary, according to the specifics of a claim – including the nature of the negligence involved and the severity of the injuries and losses suffered. While our attorneys can evaluate your potential claim in an initial case review, in general, financial recoveries for ski and snowboard accident cases can include (and may not be limited to) damages for:
- Past and future medical bills and lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage.
In instances of especially horrific negligence, punitive damages may also be available.
What Should I Do after a Snowboard or Skiing Accident?
After any accident on the slopes or at a ski resort, it’s generally important to take these steps:
- Get immediate medical attention.
- File an accident report with ski patrol or the on-site authority.
- Gather as much evidence as possible from the scene. This can include accident scene photos, witness information, broken equipment and more.
- Contact the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. for essential answers about your rights and legal options.
If you choose to partner with us in the pursuit of compensation and justice, we can do everything necessary to start, advance and resolve your ski or snowboard accident case.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Attorney at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of snowboarding or ski accident, contact a Denver personal injury attorney at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. to find out more about your legal options and how we can help you.
Call (720) 463-1516 or email us. We offer free, confidential, no obligations consultations.
Known for providing exceptional representation to the victims of negligence, our attorneys can help the injured protect their rights and recover full compensation. We know how important compensation from these cases can be in helping victims heal and rebuild their lives. That is why we are committed to helping the injured fight for the compensation and justice they deserve.