Snowbasin Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Lawyer
Nestled amid the craggy peaks of the Wasatch Range in Weber County, Snowbasin Resort is a popular destination for beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers and snowboarders. But while skiing and snowboarding make Snowbasin Resort tremendously popular during the winter months, both sports can lead to serious, permanently disabling, or even fatal injuries. The risk of injury is especially great if the employees of a ski resort, such as Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah, fail to perform their job duties with adequate caution and care.
If you or one of your family members sustained an injury while staying at Snowbasin Resort, you may be able to get compensated for the resulting medical bills and other expenses, depending on the underlying causes of your injury. With over 33 years of experience representing injury victims in Utah, skiing and snowboarding injury lawyer Darwin Overson is ready to help you pursue compensation aggressively. To find out if you could have a personal injury claim for your skiing or snowboarding injury in a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 as soon as possible.
Compensation for Skier and Snowboarder Injuries at Snowbasin Resort
Many people assume that snowboarding is more dangerous than skiing, but in reality, statistics show that the opposite is actually true. Nonetheless, while skiers may be at greater risk, participants in both sports may suffer catastrophic injuries which can have permanent effects on their physical abilities, mental function, emotional state, and financial health.
One study published in the Journal of Trauma compared injury patterns in skiers and snowboarders who were injured in accidents that occurred on the mountain slopes of Utah. The study found that skiers were more likely than snowboarders to sustain facial fractures, facial lacerations, and injuries to their lower extremities, meaning the feet, ankles, legs, and knees. On the other hand, snowboarders were more likely than skiers to sustain damage to abdominal organs, namely the spleen, kidneys, and liver.
Both groups in the study frequently suffered spinal cord injuries (SCI), which can lead to total and permanent paralysis depending on where they occur along the spinal cord. When paralysis affects the body below the waist, it is called paraplegia. Paralysis affecting the entire body below the neck was formerly called quadriplegia, though the term tetraplegia is now becoming more common. Though snowboarders were more likely than skiers to sustain brain injuries, skiers tended to have more severe outcomes from these types of injuries.
Other injuries that may be caused by snowboarding or skiing accidents include:
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Dislocated Joints
- Internal Bleeding
- Neck Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains and Strains)
If you suffered these or other injuries while skiing or snowboarding at Snowbasin Resort, financial compensation may be available. Please do not hesitate to contact Overson Law to learn about how we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
When Are Utah Ski and Mountain Resorts Liable for Accidents?
Laws under the Utah Code restrict ski resort liability for guest injuries related to snowboarding and skiing accidents. In short, these laws say that if an injury was caused by an “inherent risk of skiing,” which will be explained in a moment, “no skier [or snowboarder] may make any claim against, or recover from, any ski area operator for injury.”
An “inherent risk of skiing” – a term which also includes snowboarding and other winter sports – is a hazard that the Legislature has decided is simply a part of the sport. If your injury was caused by one of these “inherent risks,” you will generally be prevented from making a claim and getting compensated. Inherent risks of skiing include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in the steepness or slope of the mountain
- Conditions of the snow or ice
- Natural features on the ground or beneath the surface, such as rocks and plant growth
- Weather changes
However, you are not prevented from seeking compensation if your injuries were caused by negligence: carelessness that allows a foreseeable, preventable accident to take place, resulting in personal injury or wrongful death. Depending on the circumstances under which the injury occurred, an example of negligence might be failure to maintain safe equipment, failure to operate a ski lift appropriately, or errors on the part of a ski instructor or snowboarding instructor.
Snowbasin Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Attorney Serving Weber County
Due to the highly complex liability laws that govern personal injury claims involving Utah ski resorts and ski areas, it is absolutely essential that you have the benefit of guidance from, and representation by, a knowledgeable Utah skiing injury attorney who has experience handling these uniquely nuanced cases. It is not in your best interests to try to handle your claim on your own, especially while you are resting after a severe injury.
Get dedicated legal support from a trusted, efficient, and aggressive Utah snowboarding injury lawyer. Call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 for a free legal consultation. We will keep your information confidential.