Brighton Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Lawyer
With its soaring mountain peaks and stunning views of pristine nature, Utah is one of the nation’s favorite destinations for winter sports. Located a stone’s throw from Wasatch Mountain State Park, beautiful Brighton Resort is a popular getaway for locals and visitors alike. But while most guests have a safe and enjoyable visit, skiing and snowboarding accidents can occur if an employee at the resort fails to perform his or her job duties carefully.
If you or one of your family members was injured while skiing or snowboarding at Brighton Resort, you should speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, because you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. With over 33 years of experience helping injury victims fight for justice, Utah snowboarding injury lawyer Darwin Overson is an efficient and aggressive legal advocate. To discuss whether you could have an accident claim in a free and confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 as soon as possible.
How Skiing and Snowboarding Accident Compensation Works in Utah
Snowboarding and skiing are essential to Utah’s tourism economy. As a result, the Utah Legislature has written several laws that revolve around ski resort accidents and victim compensation. These laws narrowly restrict the circumstances under which an injury victim may recover compensation for a ski resort accident, so it is critically important that your case is handled by a knowledgeable attorney who understands the unique and nuanced liability laws particular to skiing and snowboarding injuries in Utah.
Put simply, you may recover accident compensation if your injuries were caused by negligence, but may not recover compensation if the injuries were caused by an “inherent risk of skiing.” As stated in Utah Code § 78B-4-403, “Notwithstanding [other provisions of law] to the contrary, no skier may make any claim against, or recover from, any ski area operator for injury resulting from any of the inherent risks of skiing.”
The inherent risks of skiing are listed under Utah Code § 78B-4-402(1). If your injuries were caused by anything on the following list, you will generally be unable to get compensated:
- Changes in the weather conditions.
- Existing or changing ice and/or snow conditions, including “hard pack, powder, packed powder, wind pack, corn, crust, slush, cut-up snow, or machine-made snow.”
- Conditions on the ground or beneath the surface of the snow, including “bare spots, forest growth, rocks, stumps, streambeds, cliffs, trees, and other natural objects.”
- Changes in how steep the terrain is, whether such change is naturally occurring or artificially designed.
- Collisions with ski lift towers or other fixed structures.
- Collisions with other snowboarders or skiers.
- Participating in, or training for, a competitions or event.
- “[T]he failure of a skier to ski within the skier’s own ability.” In this context, the term “skier” refers to both skiers and snowboarders.
If, on the other hand, your injuries were caused by negligence at the resort, compensation may still be available to you. A person is negligent when they fail to exercise due care against foreseeable accidents that could result in wrongful death or personal injury. Possible examples of ski resort negligence could include:
- Failure to designate hazardous areas with appropriate signage.
- Sending beginners into challenging terrain meant for advanced skiers or snowboarders.
- Ski lift accidents caused by defective design, negligent maintenance, or other human errors.
- The use of faulty or defective equipment.
Were You Hurt While Staying at Brighton Resort in Utah?
Skiing and snowboarding can be dangerous sports, even for those with considerable experience, when an employee at a ski resort is negligent on the job. A range of disabling, sometimes fatal injuries can result from a skiing injury or snowboarding accident. According to one study on skier and snowboarder injuries on Utah’s slopes, some of the most common injuries among skiers include:
- Ankle Injuries
- Facial Cuts and Lacerations
- Facial Fractures
- Foot Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Leg Injuries
The same study revealed that some of the most common injuries among snowboarders were:
- Kidney Injuries
- Liver Injuries
- Spleen Injuries
Injuries that were common in both groups included:
- Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Other injuries that can be caused by skiing or snowboarding include:
- Broken Collarbone (Fractured Clavicle)
- Broken Fingers
- Broken Thumbs
- Concussions (Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries)
- Dislocated Joints
- Internal Bleeding
- Pelvic Fractures
- Permanent Scarring
- Rib Fractures
- Torn Ligaments (Sprain Injuries)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Wrist Fractures
- Wrongful Death
Brighton Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Attorney Representing Injured Guests
If you or one of your loved ones was injured at Brighton Resort, please do not hesitate to contact our Utah personal injury law firm for compassionate guidance about the legal options that may be open to you at this time. If you were injured because of another person’s careless actions, you deserve to pursue compensation to the fullest extent of the law.
At Overson Law, PLLC, we understand how devastating the repercussions of a skiing accident or snowboarding injury can be. Rest assured that we are here to help in any way we can. To set up a free legal consultation, call our law offices at (801) 895-3143 today.