When you or your child sustain an injury on the slopes, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Things can become even more complicated when an accident was caused by another skier and not conditions under the control of the resort.
A majority of skiing accidents involve a collision between two or more skiers. Because ski resorts and property management cannot always be held responsible for the actions of their customers, seeking compensation beyond insurance offerings in these cases may require identifying the person who caused the accident.
Even though Colorado state law requires that all skiers involved in a collision stop at the scene and wait for ski patrol, rendering aid if needed until help can arrive, some skiers may leave the scene, especially if they think there were no witnesses. Without someone on your side to investigate your ski accident, it may become impossible to hold the responsible party accountable and seek the full compensation your injury demands.
At Leventhal Sar, we perform thorough investigations into ski accidents in our efforts to identify all liable parties. Contact our Metro Denver office for a cost-free, one-on-one consultation where we can listen to your story and help you determine the best way forward.
According to both the Skier Responsibility Code and the laws of the state of Colorado, the skier or snowboarder downhill has the right of way. It is the responsibility of those coming from uphill to slow down or switch course to avoid a collision. Failure to do so makes the uphill skier liable for any damages caused.
Damages in ski accidents can be severe. Even with helmet use, brain injury is among the most common sustained in ski collisions. In addition to brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, torn ligaments, and other serious injuries can occur during a skiing accident. In some cases, medical expenses alone for these injuries can surpass six figures. If your injury was the result of someone else’s poor decisions, you may be entitled to seek compensation beyond the initial insurance offer. Be sure to speak to one of our ski accident lawyers before accepting an offer from insurance. We can help you determine if it is fair and discuss your options if it is not.
Homeowners insurance covers damages for ski accidents caused by other skiers. Accidents caused by younger children will be covered by their parent’s homeowners insurance. If the responsible party does not own a home, other forms of insurance, including travelers insurance, may come into play. In the absence of any of these, other sources can be sought so long as you have not accepted an insurance offer. During your initial consultation at our Denver office, we can discuss this in greater detail to help you determine the best course of action for you and your family.
For a complimentary consultation with one of our skiing accident attorneys, please call Leventhal Sar LLC at 720-667-3030 today. We welcome clients from Denver, all surrounding Metro communities, and cities and towns throughout the Front Range and Eastern Slope.