Ski and Snowboard Injuries
Winters in Massachusetts often mean day trips, weekend getaways, and week-long vacations to various ski resorts and winter vacation spots. For many visitors to such locations, snowboarding, sledding, and downhill skiing are all favorite pass times. Unfortunately, anytime such activities are engaged in, there are bound to be accidents. Accidents on ski lifts, collisions, skiing accidents, and snowboarding accidents can cause ski and snowboarding injuries. Whether ski injuries are caused by other skiers, snowboarders, or by negligence on the part of a ski resort operator, the lawyers at Burns & Jain can help the victim receive the compensation they may need for medical bills, time loss at work, pain and suffering, and more.
Causes of Ski and Snowboard Injuries
Here are a few causes of ski and snowboard injuries:
- Negligence on the part of a ski lift operator, or operator of other machinery.
- Faulty equipment
- Collisions with other skiers, snowboarders, or snowmobiles
- Lack of warning in dangerous conditions
Who is Responsible for Ski and Snowboard Injuries
Those who receive ski and snowboard injuries due to a ski and snowboard accident can suffer from many devastating issues. Head trauma, neck and spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones, or even death can occur due to ski and snowboard accidents. Those who suffer drunk skiing injuries, who are hurt skiing, or those who are injured snowboarding need proper representation to ensure that they are compensated for their pain and suffering.
Wavers do not remove fault in ski and snowboard injuries.
Because they often sign paperwork that states that they agree to assume any and all risks while skiing, snowboarding, etc., many victims of ski and snowboard injuries assume that they are fully responsible for their accidents and seek no compensation. This is simply not the case. It is true that most guests who are enjoying Winter sports will sign a waiver saying that they are responsible for any damage or injury when they purchase their tickets. However, this waiver does not remove the resort from legal responsibilities. Such waivers are only good in the cases where the victim was at fault for their own accidents. If the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the resort, or of another skier or snowboarder, then there may be cause for a premise liability lawsuit. Ski resorts and other visitors are still responsible for their own negligence. It is the responsibility of the resort owner to ensure the safety of its patrons and guests.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a ski and snowboard accident, do not assume that you are responsible. Contact Burns & Jain today so one of their attorneys can help to determine whether or not you have a personal injury case.Contact Us for a Free Consultation