Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Lawyer
Skiing and snowboarding are enormously popular in Utah, which boasts over a dozen world-class ski resorts tucked into the Wasatch Range and other mountain ranges. However, these exciting winter sports can lead to devastating, potentially deadly injuries. This risk is amplified if the employees of a ski resort, such as the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Sandy, Utah, are negligent in their duties toward visitors.
If you, your spouse, your parent, or your child was injured while skiing or snowboarding at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, you may be able to recover compensation for your existing and anticipated medical bills, loss of income, and other losses resulting from the accident. With more than 33 years of experience representing injury victims in Sandy and throughout Salt Lake County, trust Snowbird accident lawyer Darwin Overson for knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation. To arrange a free and confidential consultation with Darwin Overson, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.
Common Injuries in Skiers and Snowboarders
According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), more than 500 people were seriously injured during the 2011-2012 season, with even higher numbers of minor to moderate injuries. Additionally, nearly 55 fatalities occurred during the same period of time.
Skiing and snowboarding can produce a variety of serious injuries, even in experienced skiers who are properly fitted with a functional helmet and other safety gear. If such injuries occur because of negligent acts by employees at Snowbird or other Utah ski resorts, the resort may be liable for the victim’s resulting expenses, including anticipated expenses and financial losses, such as financial losses resulting from permanent disability and diminished earning capacity.
As a Utah personal injury lawyer with over three decades of experience, Darwin Overson has analyzed a wide range of catastrophic and disabling injuries. Bringing in-depth knowledge of injury effects, their potential complications, and treatment-related expenses to every claim he handles, Darwin works strategically to maximize each injury victim’s recovery.
Examples of serious injuries that are commonly caused by skiing and snowboarding accidents include, but are not limited to:
- “Skier’s Thumb” (Torn UCL)
- “Snowboarder’s Ankle” (Talus Fracture)
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Broken Fingers, Thumbs, and Toes
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Dislocated Joints
- Facial Injuries
- Foot Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Hip Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Knee Injuries
- Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement
- Shoulder Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains, Strains)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Torn ACL
- Torn MCL
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Wrongful Death
If you or one of your loved ones sustained these or other injuries while snowboarding or skiing at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, or if you are the surviving spouse or family member of a wrongful death victim who was killed in a fatal skiing or snowboarding accident, please do not hesitate to contact our law offices to talk about whether you could have a claim. We are here to provide compassionate guidance and assistance to you.
When Can You Get Compensated for a Ski or Snowboard Accident in Sandy, Utah?
Utah has enacted strict rules that set the parameters of resort liability for skiing- and snowboarding-related injuries. These rules are outlined in four statutes under the Utah Code:
- Utah Code § 78B-4-401 – This statute acts as an overview of Utah’s ski-related injury statutes.
- Utah Code § 78B-4-402 – This statute supplies the pertinent legal definitions.
- Utah Code § 78B-4-403 – This statute addresses resort liability and the recovery of compensation.
- Utah Code § 78B-4-404 – This statute requires ski and mountain resorts to post prominent signs displaying information about liability and injury hazards.
Utah Code § 78B-4-403 generally prohibits injured guests from suing Snowbird or other Utah ski resorts for accident-related injuries if such injuries were caused by the “inherent risks of skiing.” These risks, which are specified under Utah Code § 78B-4-402(1), include the following:
- Changes in the weather conditions.
- Changes in the slope or steepness of the terrain, whether naturally occurring or artificially designed.
- Collisions with fixed structures, such as signs or ski lift towers.
- Collisions with other guests at the resort.
- Conditions or hazards on or below the surface of the snow, including but not limited to “bare spots, forest growth, rocks, stumps, streambeds, cliffs, trees, and other natural objects.”
- Existing snow and/or ice conditions, or changes to such conditions, including but not limited to “hard pack, powder, packed powder, wind pack, corn, crust, slush, cut-up snow, or machine-made snow.”
- The skier’s or snowboarder’s failure to ski or snowboard “within [their] own ability.”
- Training for, or participating in, winter sporting events or competitions.
However, an injured party may have a claim if the injury was caused not by an inherent risk, but by negligence on the part of the ski resort or its individual employees. Negligence, which is a crucial element of personal injury claims, is the failure to exercise due care as necessary to minimize the risk of death or injury, leading to a preventable accident which causes harm to a person to whom the defendant owed a duty of care. For example, ski resort negligence might involve ski instructor errors, ski lift accidents, the use of defective equipment, or other avoidable issues related to carelessness and human error.
Ski resorts typically require guests to sign a liability waiver before participating in activities at the resort. Liability waivers can bar recovery, but are not found to be enforceable in every instance. Even if you signed a liability waiver, also called a pre-injury release, you should consult with an experienced skiing and snowboarding accident attorney who is deeply familiar with the complexities of Utah’s ski-related liability laws, like Darwin Overson of Overson Law.
Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Attorney Handling Claims Against Snowbird Resort
In Utah, ski resorts and ski instructors have a duty of care toward the guests they entertain. If you, your husband, your wife, your mother, your father, your son, or your daughter was hurt due to negligence while skiing or snowboarding at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, you could be entitled to compensation for your accident. Compensation may be available for a range of damages, including medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and other injury-related costs and hardships.
To talk about your skiing accident claim or snowboarding accident claim in a free and completely confidential legal consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 right away. We are here to protect the rights of injury victims throughout Utah.