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Ski Lift Accidents

A day of skiing on Colorado's beautiful snowy mountains should be an exhilarating experience. But when negligence leads to an accident, you may be faced with serious injuries. A ski lift is an essential part of many skiing experiences, and when it malfunctions it can lead to damages to its passengers. You trust the ski lodge to protect your safety, and when this is violated, the responsible party must be held accountable for the damages that you have sustained.

An attorney can help you seek out just compensation for an accident involving a faulty ski lift. Seeking out a civil claim for the financial burdens on your shoulder can be exhausting, so enlisting the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer can be essential in ensuring that your claim is successful.

Ski Lift Accident Attorney in Denver, CO

The experienced lawyer at the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson have taken on a wide range of sporting accidents from across Colorado, including all kinds of skiing-related injuries. We can handle the confusing legal process ahead of you while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Let us take on your case and minimize the stress that you're already facing.

Call us today at (303)-458-5000 to schedule your free consultation. We can help you understand the options that are available to you and guide you through making the correct choice for your individual needs.


What Kinds of Injuries Could Result From a Ski Lift Accident?

If a ski lift is not properly maintained or is operated incorrectly, patrons could be seriously injured. Some of the more common injuries that result from ski lift accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Broken bones;
  • Head injury;
  • Shoulder injury;
  • Extended exposure to cold; and
  • Spinal injuries.

Ski lift malfunctions it can leave passengers stranded or cause them to fall from the seat. Either of these situations can lead to undue suffering and high medical bills. Even if snow is beneath the lift, a victim who falls from the lift may strike a rock, tree, or another hard surface, or may even be injured from the sheer height of the lift. It is easy to see how catastrophic injuries could occur as a result of this type of fall.

An injured person could face a wide range of potential damages, but it is important to seek out a recovery that will truly compensate you for the suffering that you have endured. You could be facing financial costs for issues such as medical treatment, hospital visits, medication, or even long-term care such as physical therapy.

These medical costs after a ski lift accident in Colorado can skyrocket quickly, so don't hesitate to protect yourself from the financial burden of necessary steps toward your recovery. An attorney can help ensure that your medical costs are fully covered by your claim.


Lawsuits Against Ski Lift Operators

The Colorado Supreme Court has held that ski lift operators may be held to the highest degree of care in a tort action because:

  • the passengers have given up their freedom of mobility by entrusting their care and control to the defendant operator;
  • there is nothing passengers can do to prevent the accident; and
  • operators have exclusive care and control of the ski lift.

In the case of ski lift operators, these factors are rooted in the court's observation that ski lifts are operated at a significant height above the ground over rough terrain and are therefore more dangerous and require more responsibility than the activities requiring only an ordinary degree of care.


Finding an Attorney for a Ski Lift Accident in Colorado

If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a ski lift accident in Colorado, you have a limited amount of time to take legal action. The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson represents both residents and visitors injured in Boulder, Lakewood, Longmont, Thorton, and surrounding areas of the Centennial State.

Denver personal injury lawyer Jennifer Donaldson has over 25 years of civil litigation experience. Call (303)-458-5000 or submit an online form today to have her review your case during a free consultation.


This article was last updated on Friday, January 13, 2017.

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