Cherry Peak Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Lawyer
Home to the soaring, majestic peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah is one of the nation’s top destinations for skiing and snowboarding. Each winter, millions of tourists and locals converge on the slopes to enjoy some of the country’s best skiing and snowboarding. Unfortunately, skiing and snowboarding accidents can cause serious or even fatal injuries, particularly if the employees of a ski resort are careless while assisting or instructing resort guests.
If you or one of your family members got hurt while skiing or snowboarding at Cherry Peak Resort in Richmond, Utah, or at any other ski resort located in the state of Utah, financial compensation may be available for your medical bills and other expenses arising from the accident. Equipped with more than 33 years of experience representing injury victims in Utah, Cherry Peak Resort skiing accident lawyer Darwin Overson is committed to the aggressive pursuit of justice and compensation on behalf of mountain resort visitors. To discuss your injury claim in a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.
When Are Utah Ski Resorts Liable for Guest Injuries?
State law grants Utah ski resorts a certain level of protection, though not complete immunity, from accident liability when a guest is hurt while skiing or snowboarding. If a resort guest’s injuries are caused by one of the “inherent risks of skiing,” the guest will be barred from filing a claim, which means he or she will be unable to recover compensation.
In this context, the “inherent risks of skiing” also include snowboarding risks that cause snowboarders to be injured. These risks, which are provided by Utah Code § 78B-4-402(1), include but are not limited to the following:
- Changing weather conditions.
- Collisions with fixed structures like lift towers.
- Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders.
- Conditions at or beneath the surface, such as streambeds, stumps, and rocks.
- Conditions of the snow itself, such as hard pack or wind pack.
If your injury was caused by one of the inherent risks of skiing, you will generally be unable to pursue financial compensation. However, if your injury was caused by ski resort negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Ski resort negligence can take many forms, and must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but examples may include:
- Defective equipment and gear.
- Failure to maintain ski lifts and other machinery, leading to a ski lift accident.
- Failure to mark points of open excavation and other construction-related hazards.
- Ski instructor negligence.
Even if you are not sure whether your injury was caused by negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our Utah personal injury law firm for a free consultation. We are here to assist you however we can.
Were You Injured in a Snowboarding or Skiing Accident in Richmond?
Several studies have examined injury patterns in skiers and snowboarders. For example, one 2009 study published in the Journal of Trauma, which focused specifically on skiing and snowboarding accidents in Utah, found that skiers were more prone to facial fractures, while snowboarders were more likely to sustain damage to internal organs, notably injuries to the kidney (2.2% of snowboarders in the study), liver (3.7%), and spleen (11.2%).
The study also found that, while both groups were likely to sustain head injuries and brain injuries, the injuries tended to be more severe in skiers. Even a brief loss of consciousness lasting only a few moments is indicative of a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as a concussion. Depending on its size, location, and severity, a brain injury caused by skiing or snowboarding can result in:
- Difficulty communicating and speaking clearly.
- Mood disorders.
- Paralysis, or a restricted range of motion, in certain areas of the body.
- Problems with memory, concentration, and learning.
- Urinary incontinence.
- Vision loss and/or hearing loss.
In addition to facial injuries, head injuries, and organ damage, other injuries that can be caused by snowboarding or skiing include:
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Dislocated Joints
- Fatal Injuries (Wrongful Death)
- Finger, Thumb, Hand, and Wrist Injuries
- Hip Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Knee Injuries
- Permanent Scarring
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Sprains and Strains (Soft Tissue Injuries)
- Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries
- Torn Ligaments
Darwin Overson’s decades of experience as a personal injury attorney have equipped him with substantial, in-depth knowledge of the complications and treatment costs associated with various injuries. He understands how costly ongoing medical care can be, and will fight aggressively to maximize the value of your claim.
Cherry Peak Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Attorney
Ski resorts should be held to a high standard of accountability when injuries to guests occur. For over 33 years, Utah skiing injury lawyer Darwin Overson has devoted his legal career to fighting for justice on behalf of accident victims. If you or one of your loved ones was injured in an accident at Cherry Peak Resort or other ski resorts in Utah, snowboarding accident attorney Darwin Overson may be able to help you get compensated. To talk about your personal injury claim in a free and confidential legal consultation, call Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.