Solitude Mountain Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Lawyer
Utah ski resorts may be liable for preventable guest injuries that occur due to negligence. If you or one of your family members suffered an injury while skiing or snowboarding at Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude, or at any other ski resort in the state of Utah, financial compensation may be available for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by your accident.
Utah skiing and snowboarding accident lawyer Darwin Overson has more than 33 years of experience fighting for compensation on behalf of injury victims in the state of Utah. When you are represented by Darwin Overson, you can expect precision and meticulous attention to detail coupled with an aggressive, results-oriented approach. Rely on Darwin Overson to fight vigorously for you and your family. Call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 895-3143 to talk about your skiing injury claim in a free and confidential legal consultation.
Can I Get Compensated for an Injury at a Ski Resort in Utah?
Utah has adopted a complex set of laws that restrict ski resort liability in the event of guest injury. These laws limit the circumstances under which a skiing or snowboarding accident victim can recover compensation by filing a claim against the resort where the injury occurred. Due to the restrictive and intricate nature of Utah’s ski resort liability laws, it is essential that you are represented by an attorney who is familiar with the unique legal considerations that arise in ski resort accident cases.
Put simply, a claim will be barred if the injury was caused by certain hazards. These hazards, which are listed under Utah Code § 78B-4-402(1), are collectively known as the “inherent risks of skiing.” The term “skiing” is also meant to include snowboarding in this context.
The inherent risks of skiing include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Changes to the weather.
- Collisions with other skiers and snowboarders.
- Collisions with still objects, such as signs.
- The “failure of a skier to ski within [his or her] own ability.”
- Training for, or participating in, sports events and competitions.
To reiterate, state law bars (prohibits) claims against ski resorts where injuries were caused by these or other inherent risks. However, you may have a cause of action if your injuries were caused by negligence, which is the careless failure to take actions necessary to minimize the risk of a foreseeable injury.
For example, a ski lift operator could operate machinery negligently, leading to a preventable ski lift accident. Likewise, a ski instructor or snowboarding instructor could be negligent by providing inadequate or dangerous instructions, leading a pupil to suffer an injury which should have been avoidable. The existence of ski resort negligence must be determined on a case-by-case basis by examining all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident.
Common Injuries Caused by Snowboarding and Skiing Accidents
For decades, snowboarding has been marketed as the more youthful and “extreme” alternative to skiing. Thanks to the sport’s edgy image, many people assume that snowboarding is the more dangerous activity. In fact, statistics show that skiers are more likely to sustain serious injuries. However, while there may be differences in injury trends and patterns, both skiers and snowboarders are susceptible to catastrophic, potentially life-threatening injuries to all areas of the body.
According to a study on Utah skiing accidents and snowboarding accidents published in the Journal of Trauma, snowboarders were more likely to damage internal organs, while skiers were more likely to break facial bones and/or injure their lower extremities (feet and legs). Snowboarders were more likely to sustain head injuries, but head injuries in skiers tended to be more serious. Snowboarders were admitted to intensive care units more frequently, but skiers tended to have longer periods of hospitalization for their injuries.
Somewhat counterintuitively, the risk of serious injury actually seems to increase with experience. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), “Most of those fatally injured are above-average skiers and snowboarders who are going at high rates of speed on the margins of intermediate trails.” The NSAA also reports that males in their late teens to early 30s are most likely to sustain fatal injuries.
Darwin Overson’s decades of experience as a personal injury lawyer in Utah have given him unique insight into how injuries occur, the complications they can cause, and the medical expenses associated with their immediate and ongoing care. Darwin understands how physically, emotionally, and financially impactful a major injury is, and will fight tenaciously to recover the greatest amount of compensation possible when handling your claim.
Solitude Mountain Resort Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Attorney
Utah snowboarding accident attorney Darwin Overson handles a wide variety of injury claims arising from snowboarding and skiing accidents at Solitude Mountain Resort and other ski resorts in Utah. Types of injury claims Overson & Sheen handles include, but are not limited to:
- Abdominal Injuries
- Ankle Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Chest Injuries
- Dislocated Joints
- Facial Injuries
- Foot Injuries
- Hand Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Hip Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Lacerations (Cuts)
- Leg Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains and Strains)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and Paralysis
- Torn Ligaments
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Wrist Injuries
If you or a loved one suffered these or other injuries while staying at Solitude Mountain Resort or other Utah mountain resorts, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out whether you could have a claim in a free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 895-3143 today.