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Get Professional Help after a Colorado Ski Trip Goes Wrong

Colorado may be the best place in the United States for skiing, but an abundance of skiing venues means serious injuries are more likely.

When a ski resort makes a safety error, a ski outing can go wrong in a matter of minutes. In the 2016/2017 season, 44 skiers and snowboarders died in the United States, and many more suffered injuries, according to the National Ski Areas Association. When a resort could have prevented an injury through reasonable safety measures, we at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. strongly believe they owe the injured victims full and fair compensation. Please call (303) 759-9945 to speak to a top Denver ski injury lawyer today. We take care of our clients.

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Ski-Related Deaths in Colorado

In the most recent year in which statistics are available, 22 people were killed while skiing in Colorado. This is incredibly high, as the average of past years has stayed around 12 deaths. Many of these deaths were due to avalanches, falls, and collisions, though others are undetermined.

Vail, one of the most popular places to ski in Colorado, is the setting for many of these tragedies. With a top elevation of 11,570 feet, it’s no wonder the area attracts a great deal of ski enthusiasts. Just traveling up to the top of a trail on a ski lift can be hazardous. Lift and ski slope injuries and death can be the result of actionable ski area negligence.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to a ski resorts negligence, reach out to our attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. We have years of experience holding ski areas responsible for injuries and deaths.

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How Do Most Ski Injuries Occur?

  • Crashes. Nine of the ten skiers and snowboarders killed at Colorado resorts in 2015-2016 were involved in crashes. Seven people hit trees, one hit a fixed post, and one hit another skier. The tenth died after suffocating in an area of snow surrounding a tree, known as a tree well. Skiers are supposed to abide by speed rules and should be penalized by resorts when caught going too fast down the mountain. In the event that one skier collides with another, the uphill skier is likely to blame, but they may not be the only one.
  • Ski lifts. While ski-lift accidents are less common than downhill accidents, they are extremely dangerous. Improperly functioning ski-lifts can send riders plummeting onto the frozen ground below. In the past, lift malfunctions have been due to welding failure, wire entanglement, improper installation and maintenance of lift drives, operator error, and detachable quad lift failure (Coloradoan). Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is handling a case involving a Colorado ski resort that had been warned of a “dangerously swaying” chairlift but did nothing to correct the problem. Later that month, problems with the electric drive and operator error caused chair on the lift to swing violently, causing one chair to strike a tower and eject a mother and her two daughters 25 feet onto the hard-packed snow below. The mother did not survive, and her daughters sustained critical injuries.

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Who Is Liable After a Ski Injury?

If you’ve been injured at a ski resort, speak to an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer immediately. Because skiing is considered an inherently dangerous sport, ski resorts are typically immune from liability when ski injuries are caused by the inherent risk of skiing.

However, your legal team may be able to prove negligence, or failure to use reasonable care, when the ski resort causes harm outside of the inherent risks of skiing. Going back to our earlier example, a ski lift malfunction is by no means the fault of the skier, and the ski resort is liable.

If you’ve been injured due to the actions of another skier, negligence - and thus fault - can usually be proven if the skier violated rules stated in the Skier Responsibility Code. If resort staff on the slopes did not take measures to curb a dangerous behavior and protect other guests, the resort, too, may be held liable.

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Work With an Experienced Ski Collision Lawyer

No one deserves to suffer due to a ski resort or skier’s carelessness. If you’ve been injured in a skiing accident, you should call a local personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Every state has deadlines for filing lawsuits called statutes of limitations, and the longer one waits, the less evidence may be available.

The attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have handled ski-related litigation and will fight for you after someone else’s mistake caused you harm. Though many lawyers in Colorado refuse to take cases against ski resorts due to their popularity and the legal protections afforded by the state, we believe any negligence that hurts another person is unacceptable. We have the resources, talent, and work ethic to allow our clients to focus on recovery, while we ensure that they can pay for medical bills, lost time at work, and other expenses caused by the injury.

If you would like to speak with a top Colorado trial lawyer at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. about your potential case, please give our Denver office a call at (303) 759-9945. There is no charge for an initial consultation. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, there is no charge for us to represent you unless we win your claim.

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