Vancouver Ski Accident Lawyers
There are a lot of great places to ski in the state of Washington, skiing is a great way to spend a vacation and enjoy the great outdoors. The problem is that skiing is dangerous – even experienced skiers and those who do it competitively and/or professionally can suffer severe injuries. Another problem with skiing is that you are on a mountain and could be far away from help if an injury occurs. This could potentially cause your injuries to get worse while you wait for help or evacuation from the scene. Our Vancouver ski accident lawyers understand the dangers of skiing and the injuries that can occur. After you receive medical treatment, we are ready to review your legal options to determine if you could be owed compensation for the damages caused by your injuries, including lost wages from missing work, lost earning capacity, the cost of medical treatment and possibly other damages like physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Schedule your no-obligation legal consultation right away. It is free of charge and you will not have an obligation to move forward with a lawsuit. Our personal injury attorneys in Vancouver take cases on a contingency fee basis so there is no charge for our services unless you receive compensation. There is limited time to take legal action so contact us as soon as possible to find out if we can help you.
Popular Ski Destinations
Washington State offers great skiing destinations during the winter months from as early as mid-November to as late as mid-April. Some popular ski destinations in Washington include:
- Mt. Baker Ski Area
- The Summit at Snoqualmie
- Crystal Mountain
- Stevens Pass
- 49° North Mountain Resort
- White Pass Ski Area
- Mission Ridge
- Mt. Spokane
- Ski Bluewood
Nature is unpredictable, and accidents can happen at any time, even to veteran skiers. According to the National Ski Areas Association, there were a reported 37 catastrophic ski and snowboarding incidents in the U.S. during the 2017-2018 winter operating season. If you or someone you love was injured in a ski accident, learn about your legal rights from a qualified Vancouver ski accident lawyer.
Contact us today at 503.245.5677.
Injuries Caused by Skiing Accidents
Skiing can cause a variety of serious or potentially life-threatening injuries. Sometimes this is simply because you have skis strapped to your feet, so if you fall the skis could get stuck in the snow and cause you to get thrown around differently than you would if you did not have skis under your feet.
There are other times where you are unable to slow down or avoid fixed objects, like trees, signs or other skiers. There are other accidents that result from the negligence of other skiers, who are going too fast, trying to ski beyond their ability, or cut you off and impair your visibility in front of you.
These and other common skiing accidents can cause injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Knee injuries
- Lower leg injuries
- Internal injuries
Treating these injuries could be extremely expensive. You may need months of treatment to fully recover. However, sometimes a full recovery is not possible, and you will need lifelong treatment, particularly if you have a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. Even a broken bone could affect you for years, depending on how bad the break is.
Some of the expenses could come from:
- Prescription medications
- Emergency room treatment
- Physical rehabilitation
- Doctor appointments
- In-home care
- Cost of hiring help for daily activities
- Psychological counseling to deal with side effects from a brain injury
No matter how severe your injury, you could greatly benefit from meeting with a Vancouver ski accident lawyer at our firm. We can review your injuries and the treatments you need to determine the full value of your medical expenses. We know you need compensation to be able to afford the quality treatment you need to help improve your health as much as possible. You should be able to make decisions on the care you need without having to worry about how you will be able to pay for it.
Contact our attorneys today by calling 503.245.5677.
Common Kinds of Ski Accidents and Crashes
There are many different types of skiing accidents that can cause injuries for which you may be entitled to compensation, these could include:
- Getting run into by another skier
- Crashing into a fixed object, like a sign
- Falling from a lift
- Hitting a tree
- Crashing because of defective equipment
- Crashing into low-hanging tree branches
- Getting skis or poles caught in something while you lose control
- Crashing after a jump
- Hitting a rock
Sometimes these accidents are the result of the skier trying to do something that is beyond his or her ability or just being reckless. However, there are also times when these accidents are the result of defective equipment, another skier’s negligence, poor instructions from a ski instructor, lack of signage warning skiers away from dangerous areas, or even improper maintenance of an area where skiers are allowed to go.
If you think your accident could have been prevented and was caused by another party’s negligence, including other people or even the ski resort, contact our Vancouver ski accident attorneys for a free legal consultation.
We may be able to recover compensation by helping you pursue insurance compensation, such as from a homeowner’s insurance policy or ski travel insurance policy, or by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. Whichever avenue we pursue, we are committed to fighting for all the compensation you deserve because we know how valuable it is.
Contact a ski accident attorney in Vancouver for a free legal consultation.
State Laws on Skiing Accidents
Washington has several statutes governing skiing, including requirements for skiers and ski area operators.
Under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 79A.45.010, any signs intended to instruct the public must have bold design with wording that is short, simple and to the point. These signs also must be prominently placed.
Any signs for normal daytime operation must be in place and any related to the tramway, lift, or tow operations must have adequate lighting for skiing that takes place at night.
Conduct of Skiers
In general, anyone who is skiing must conduct himself or herself according to the limits of their abilities and not act in a way that could contribute to injury to yourself or others. Washington law prohibits various types of conduct, including:
- Taking part in any conduct that may injure someone or put an object in an uphill ski track that could cause someone else to fall
- Getting on a lift without authority; these people will be considered trespassers
- Failing to exercise reasonable care for your own safety
- Crossing the uphill track of a j-bar, t-bar, rope or tow
- Failing to maintain control of your speed at all times
Insurance for Ski Operators
The operators of ski resorts are required to maintain insurance for liability. This would cover injuries to skiers.
Under state law, operators of the following must maintain at least one million dollars in coverage:
- Aerial lift
- Surface lift
- Similar devices to the two above
However, this requirement does not apply to tramways that are not open to the general public and operated without a fee.
The Vancouver ski accident attorneys at Rizk Law have in-depth knowledge of these and other skiing accident laws and how they may apply to your case. If we can prove the at-fault party violated one of these statutes, it may be easier to hold them accountable for the injuries you suffered. This will be a crucial part of our investigation into your case to determine fault.
Schedule your free legal consultation immediately by calling 503.245.5677.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Vancouver Ski Accident Lawyer
When a ski accident occurs, victims often have many questions:
- How bad are my injuries?
- Why did this happen?
- How expensive will it be to treat these injuries?
- Is someone else at fault for this?
The Vancouver ski accident attorneys at Rizk Law understand this and know how to answer these and other questions you may have. After you go to the hospital, feel free to contact us to discuss what happened and your rights and legal options moving forward. Your meeting with our attorneys comes at no cost to you. If you have a case and would like to go after compensation, you will not be billed for having legal representation from us unless you are compensated at the end of the legal process.