As a result of the Colorado Ski Safety Act, the circumstances in which a person is able to file for recoverable damages after most types of skiing and snowboarding accidents have significantly decreased. Under this law, most skiing or snowboarding accidents resulting from an “inherent risk or danger” associated with the sport are not valid circumstances to pursue compensation. However, every case is different and requires the skilled analysis of an experienced attorney who can help you find the best course of action to cover fair compensation.
At Mintz Law Firm, our attorneys have years of experience in representing individuals in accident cases of all types, including snowboarding accidents. Whether a snowboarding accident has merit or not can only be determined by a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. We provide exceptional and efficient legal services that help our clients secure favorable resolutions for their cases. Protect your right to fair compensation by partnering with Mintz Law Firm today.
Recovering Compensation for Snowboarding Accidents
In Colorado, there are generally only a few types of snowboarding accidents in which an injured party is able to seek compensation. The first is a collision or accident between a skier or another snowboarder. This collision or accident may be a result of negligence or recklessness on the part of the other skier or snowboarder, which makes them liable for damages.
The second type of recoverable snowboarding accident is negligent actions by the ski resort. While the Colorado Ski Safety Act goes to great lengths to protect resorts, they are still liable if they fail to uphold their side of the law to keep their guests safe.
Legal Basis of Snowboarding Injury to Pursue a Claim
A personal injury claim is most often dependent on the ability to prove negligence. Most personal injury claims and lawsuits are based on the legal theory of negligence. You may be able to prove your snowboarding accident is the result of negligence if it was the result of any of the following:
- You crashed with another skier or snowboarder who was behaving carelessly or recklessly
- The mountain terrain on which you were snowboarding was poorly maintained, marked, or designed
- Your snowboarding instructor led you to a terrain that was beyond your capability level
You may also be able to recover compensation through a product liability claim if your accident and injuries were the results of defective equipment.
Limitations of Negligence Liability Regarding Ski Resorts
The law allows victims to take legal action against ski resorts only under a particular set of circumstances. There are multiple instances where a person may not have a valid claim to pursue compensation, including:
- You are proven to have ignored safety signs and proceeded into dangerous trails despite the warnings
- You sustained injuries due to improper conduct (tampering with resort equipment or harassing other business patrons, etc.)
- You suffered the injury from improperly disembarking the tram or ski lift in non-designated areas of landing
- You didn’t file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations window (within two years of the date of the injury)
Liable parties are always quick to point the blame away from themselves or find ways to deny a valid claim. This is why it’s crucial to have a strong representation that ensures you get a fair chance at recovering fair compensation from the responsible parties.
Contact an Experienced Snowboard Accident Attorney at Mintz Law Firm
Snowboarding accident claims are complex. Their outcomes depend on a clear understanding of the law and how it applies to the circumstances that caused your accident. The personal injury attorneys at Mintz Law Firm understand the ins and outs of Colorado laws and can help our clients find the best legal routes to recover fair compensation.
At Mintz Law Firm, we are committed to aggressively pursuing the best possible outcomes for our clients so they can focus on their recovery and getting back on their feet. Suffering a serious injury is never easy, which is why we are happy to take away some of your stress by taking on your case. Schedule a consultation today at (303) 462-2999 or complete our online contact form.