Park City Mountain Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Lawyer
When the winter months get into gear, Utah becomes one of America’s top destinations for skiing and snowboarding. Both sports enjoy huge popularity in Utah, but they also have a dark side. Even veteran skiers and snowboarders can be catastrophically injured when an accident occurs, and the risk of an accident skyrockets if a ski resort’s employees are careless and negligent in the administration of their duties to guests.
If you or one of your loved ones was injured while skiing or snowboarding at Park City Mountain Resort, which is located along the Wasatch Range in Summit County, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including expenses and losses that you are expected to incur in the future. With more than 33 years of experience handling personal injury claims on behalf of injury victims, you can count on Park City Mountain Resort accident attorney Darwin Overson to provide compassionate, skillful, and aggressive representation. To speak with Darwin in a free and confidential legal consultation, call Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.
Can I Get Compensated for an Injury at a Ski Resort in Utah?
Utah has adopted complicated, nuanced laws to address injury compensation for ski- and snowboard-related accidents at ski resorts throughout the state, including Park City Mountain Resort. These laws can be found at Utah Code § 78B-4-402, which provides important legal definitions relating to ski and snowboard accident lawsuits; Utah Code § 78B-4-403, which explains when claims are barred; and Utah Code § 78B-4-404, which requires Park City Mountain Resort and other Utah ski resorts to post prominent signs showing information about injury hazards and liability.
Because Utah’s ski-related liability laws restrict the circumstances under which skiing and snowboarding accident victims may recover compensation, it is vital that you are represented by a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling these intricate and unique cases. When you are represented by skiing accident lawyer Darwin Overson, you can expect careful planning, meticulous attention to detail, and an aggressive legal strategy that is designed to maximize the value of your claim.
In Utah, ski and snowboard injury victims may recover compensation only if their injuries were caused by negligence. When a person is negligent, such as a ski instructor, it means that he or she failed to exercise the basic, reasonable precautions that were necessary to reduce the risk of a foreseeable and avoidable death or injury. Ski resort negligence might involve ski instructor errors, faulty or defective equipment, ski lift accidents caused by malfunctions or operator errors, and other safety issues.
If an injury was caused by one of the “inherent risks of skiing” listed under Utah Code § 78B-4-402(1), the victim is generally unable to recover compensation. These “inherent risks” – most of which involve natural hazards – include the following:
- Changes in the weather conditions
- Changes in the slope or steepness of the terrain
- Collisions with other snowboarders or skiers
- Collisions with ski lift towers or other fixed structures
- Conditions on or below the surface of the snow (e.g. rocks)
- Existing or changing conditions of the snow or ice (e.g. hard pack)
- Failing to ski or snowboard within one’s own ability
- Training for, or participating in, events and competitions
Common Injuries Caused by Skiing and Snowboarding Accidents
Snowboarding and skiing accidents that are caused by negligence can result in a wide array of injuries, some of which are permanently disabling or, sadly, fatal. In more than 33 years practicing as a personal injury lawyer, Darwin Overson has dealt with numerous types of injuries, giving him insight into the complications that can arise, the ways serious injuries impact the victims’ lives, and the medical expenses related to treatment and ongoing care. Darwin Overson brings these considerations into every case, and will fight aggressively to recover the greatest amount of compensation possible so that you can get the care you need without having to worry about medical debt and financial hardship.
Snowboarding accidents and skiing accidents caused more than 500 serious injuries during the 2011-2012 season alone, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Tragically, there were also 54 fatalities during the same time period. Statistically, men were more likely to be fatally injured than women, and skiers were more likely to be in fatal accidents than snowboarders. Despite the widespread perception that snowboarding is the more “extreme” of the two sports, skiing accidents actually claim more lives.
Common examples of injuries caused by skiing and snowboarding include:
- Back and Spine Injuries
- Broken Back (Vertebral Fracture)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Bone Fractures
- Broken Arms
- Broken Fingers
- Broken Hips (Pelvic Fracture)
- Broken Legs
- Broken Ribs
- Broken Thumbs
- Broken Toes
- Facial Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement
- Head Injuries
- Concussions (Mild TBI, MTBI)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Knee Injuries
- Dislocated Patella (Kneecap)
- Torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
- Torn Meniscus
- Torn MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament)
- Shoulder Injuries
- Broken Collarbone (Clavicle)
- Dislocated Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Strains
If you or a loved one suffered these or other types of injuries at Park City Mountain Resort due to the negligence of a ski lift operator, snowboarding instructor, or other employee, Overson Law may be able to help you get compensated for your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages. Please do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can assist you.
Contact a Park City Mountain Resort Snowboarding and Skiing Accident Attorney
Ski and snowboard accidents can turn a fun day on the slopes into a costly hospital visit, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept your circumstances without fighting back. Injury victims in Utah have legal rights, and our firm is committed to protecting those rights.
If your snowboarding or skiing injury was caused by negligence, Park City Mountain Resort injury lawyer Darwin Overson can represent you in your fight for justice and fair compensation. To talk about whether you have a claim in a free and confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 as soon as possible.