Some Quick Tips on Winter Sports Injury from a Personal Injury Attorney
Were you injured on the slopes? Here are some tips from a personal injury attorney at Brady / Donahue about what you can do following your winter sports injury.
1) Immediately Following An Accident
The first step after an accident should always be to seek proper medical attention for yourself and all persons involved. It is important to take note of initial injuries as well as any new injuries that come up after the fact. In some instances, it may be a while before the full extent of the injuries is known, so it is important to get legal advice regarding your accident.
2) Write Down The Facts
In order to give you an accurate consultation, your attorney needs to know as much information about the accident as possible. Write down everything you remember about the accident including the names of people involved, witnesses’ names and statements made, the name of the ski trail, the type of skis and boots you were wearing, and the conditions of the slopes. Take photos to document evidence of a faulty or negligent condition that may have contributed to your accident. Even if the accident didn’t result in serious injury, it is best to document everything in case of a lawsuit.
3) Concerned About Waivers?
You may recall signing paperwork prior to skiing or snowboarding at the resort where your accident occurred. This paperwork most likely released the resort from any responsibility regarding your safety while on the slopes. Do not let this stop you from consulting an attorney. If your accident was the result of negligence by a resort employee or another visitor, you may be able to receive compensation. Some of the most common instances where people are awarded compensation are situations involving faulty equipment, lack of warning of dangerous conditions, accidents or collisions with other people on the slopes, and machine operation negligence. These should all be evaluated by a personal injury attorney soon after an injury occurs.
4) Ski Laws and Regulations
Ski laws can be different in every state and ski regulations can be difficult to understand. If you become injured in a different state and then return to your home state, your home state attorney will work with another attorney who is licensed in the state in which you were injured. It is best to work with your own personal injury attorney to learn and understand the different ski regulations following an accident.