Deer Valley Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Lawyer
Skiing and snowboarding are some of America’s most popular winter sports, and few states, if any, boast more breathtaking slopes than Utah. Like many of Utah’s ski resorts, the Deer Valley Resort in Park City is nestled in the stunning terrain of the Wasatch Range, where countless visitors flock each winter to have fun with friends and family. Unfortunately, what should be a happy day on the slopes can turn into a painful and expensive nightmare if an accident causes an injury.
If you or one of your loved ones suffered a skiing injury or snowboarding injury while staying at Deer Valley Resort, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, and other damages. If your injuries resulted from negligence on the part of the resort or its employees, you may have a claim. To discuss your personal injury claim in a free and completely confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 right away.
Can I Sue a Ski Resort for Compensation if I Was Hurt in an Accident?
Snowboarding and skiing are twin pillars of Utah’s thriving tourism industry. Because these sports are so vital to Utah’s economy, and are such a major public policy consideration, the Legislature has drawn up detailed laws that specifically address the issue of compensation for injuries sustained at Deer Valley Resort and other ski resorts in Utah.
These laws restrict the scenarios in which an injured Deer Valley Resort guest may recover compensation. If a skier or snowboarder suffers an injury caused by one of the “inherent risks of skiing” as determined by the Legislature, he or she will generally be barred against recovery. These “inherent risks,” which are listed under Utah Code § 78B-4-402(1), include but are not limited to the following hazards and conditions:
- Changes in the terrain
- Changes in the weather
- Collisions with fixed objects, such as ski lift towers
- Collisions with other skiers and snowboarders
Though the Utah Code prohibits injured skiers and snowboarders from recovering compensation if injured by an inherent risk of skiing, such as a collision with another guest, injury victims are not prohibited from recovery if their accident occurred due to the negligence of a resort employee, such as a ski lift operator, ski instructor, or snowboard instructor.
Negligence, a concept which arises in all types of personal injury claims, describes a careless failure to exercise the precautions that were needed to prevent, or minimize the likelihood of, a foreseeable injury or death. There are four elements to negligence:
- The defendant – in this scenario, Deer Valley Resort – owed the injury victim a “duty of care.”
- The defendant breached their duty of care. This is called “breach of duty,” and can occur in many ways. To give just one example, a ski lift operator could make a preventable error due to inexperience, intoxication, fatigue, or other factors.
- The victim’s accident was caused by the defendant’s actions, or the defendant’s failures to act as needed. This is called “causation.”
- The victim suffered harm as a result of the accident. This is called “damages.”
Common Injuries Caused by Skiing and Snowboarding
Like any sport, snowboarding and skiing can both be very dangerous, especially when a resort employee is negligent in their duties to guests. However, even though there is a widespread perception that snowboarding is the more “extreme” hobby, statistical data actually shows that skiing is more likely to result in a fatal injury. For example, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) reports that there were 54 documented fatalities during the 2011-2012 winter season, 39 of which involved skiers.
Even when ski resort accident victims survive their injuries, the mental, physical, emotional, and financial repercussions can be severe and long-lasting, or possibly permanent. Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries often result in permanent disability, causing not only physical pain and limitation, but also profound depression and emotional suffering. If the injuries are of a disabling nature, the victim may also be unable to continue in their career, or lose the ability to support themselves or their loved ones financially.
All of these losses and hardships should be considered during litigation or settlement negotiations, and rest assured that Darwin will fight tenaciously to maximize the value of your claim. When you are already coping with so much, you should not have to worry about medical debt as well.
Overson Law handles a wide range of injury claims related to snowboarding and skiing accidents at Deer Valley Resort and other mountain resorts in Utah. Some examples of injuries that can be caused by skiing and snowboarding include:
- Broken Arms
- Broken Legs
- Clavicle Fractures (Broken Collarbones)
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Dislocated Kneecaps
- Dislocated Shoulders
- Facial Injuries
- Finger Injuries
- Fractured Ankles
- Head Injuries
- Paralysis (Paraplegia, Quadriplegia/Tetraplegia)
- Pelvic Fractures (Broken Hips)
- Rib Fractures
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Thumb Injuries
- Toe Injuries
- Torn ACL
- Torn MCL
- Torn Meniscus
- Torn Rotator Cuffs
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Wrist Fractures
- Wrongful Death
Deer Valley Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Attorney Serving Park City, Utah
If you, your wife, your husband, your mother, your father, your daughter, or your son was injured while snowboarding or skiing at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, you may be able to recover compensation. However, due to the complicated and restrictive nature of Utah’s ski accident liability laws, it is extremely important that you are represented by a knowledgeable and experienced Park City injury lawyer.
Equipped with more than 33 years of experience handling a wide array of complex personal injury claims, attorney Darwin Overson of Overson Law possesses the knowledge and skill to efficiently and effectively represent and advocate for injury victims throughout Utah. If you cannot travel due to your injuries, Darwin is more than happy to come to your location. At Overson Law, we are committed to going the extra mile to see that our clients feel comfortable, confident, and informed throughout the process.
To discuss your ski injury claim or snowboard injury claim in a free legal consultation with Darwin Overson, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 as soon as possible. We are here to provide guidance and assistance for you and your loved ones.