Denver Ski Accident Lawyers
Skiing and snowboarding in the spectacular Colorado mountains is a popular pasttime among locals and visitors alike. But winter sports come with inherent risks, and accidents can happen to even the most experienced skier or snowboarder.
Sometimes, ski accidents can be severe. Skiers and boarders can collide at high speeds, and injuries can range from minor to life-threatening. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a ski accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to reimburse you for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The Denver ski accident attorneys of Eddington can provide you with a free consultation of your case so that you know your legal rights and the compensation you may be legally entitled to receive. Our attorneys can guide you through the process of obtaining the compensation you deserve after a ski accident. Contact us at (303) 815 1585 or fill out an online contact form to talk to one of ski accident attorneys today.
Do I Need a Ski Accident Lawyer?
If you’ve been injured in a ski accident, you may be wondering how you’ll be able to afford the medical bills you’ll incur during your recovery. And if your injuries are severe enough that you must miss work, you may wonder how you’ll also be able to cover other bills and everyday expenses without bringing in a paycheck. Your focus needs to be on recovering from your injuries; you don’t have the time and energy to deal with insurance companies and lawyers to get compensation for your injuries.
An experienced ski accident attorney can take on the burden of handling the paperwork for your claim and dealing with the insurance companies, who want to pay you as little as possible. That means that injured parties without representation often get less compensation than those people who are represented by attorneys.
Trying to pursue a legal claim is a daunting process. Let an experienced attorney handle all that work for you, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting back to life. We work on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay anything unless we win or settle your case.
Why Choose Eddington to Handle My Ski Accident Case?
If you’ve been injured in a ski accident, you have many personal injury law firms to choose from in the Denver area. Choosing the right attorney to handle your ski accident claim is critical to the outcome of your case. Not all personal injury law firms are the same. You need a law firm with the experience, track record, and client-focus that is appropriate to handle the complexities of a ski accident claim.
The attorneys of Eddington have been handling personal injury cases for over 30 years, and we believe our track record speaks for itself. We are skilled litigators, but because most cases never get to a jury, we are also outstanding lawyers outside of the courtroom, working tirelessly to get our clients a recovery as quickly as possible. Eddington has obtained millions for our clients through settlement and jury verdicts, after defendants and insurance companies tried to deny liability or make lowball settlement offers.
Over the years, we received numerous accolades from clients and colleagues, being named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and having been featured for three consecutive years in 5280 magazine’s Top Lawyers in Denver. Founder Richard Eddington is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum and served on the board of directors of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.
Types of Cases We Handle
While skiing and snowboarding are generally safe activities with the proper training and safety precautions, accidents are extremely common. No matter how you were injured on the slopes, the ski accident attorneys of Eddington can help. The most common ski accident-related injuries are the results of:
- Collision Accidents — Skiers and snowboarders can be injured if they collide with one another, crash into a stationary object, such as a tree or a trail sign, or are hit by a moving object, such as a runaway ski or snowboard.
- Ski Area Negligence Accidents — If hazards are not marked or are improperly marked, serious accidents can occur.
- Faulty Equipment Accidents— Some skiers choose to rent equipment at Colorado resorts, and when that equipment malfunctions, dangerous accidents can happen.
- Ski Lift Accidents — Skiers and snowboarders are often gravely injured when they fall from a ski lift. Other ski lift-related accidents usually occur when getting on or off the lift.
We are ready to help you get the compensation you may be legally entitled to receive after an accident on the ski slopes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ski Accidents
After a ski accident, you likely have many questions. Some of the most common are listed here, but for specific answers to questions about your case, call us at (303) 815 1585 to talk to one of the Denver ski accident attorneys at Eddington.
Who is at fault for my accident?
Another skier or snowboarder who caused your accident by skiing recklessly may be at fault. Other times, a ski resort could be held liable when a ski accident is the result of improper trail or equipment maintenance. The experienced ski accident attorneys of Eddington will investigate your claim fully to determine which party or parties are responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable.
Should I accept the settlement from the insurance company?
Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company until you’ve spoken with an experienced ski accident attorney. The insurance companies make the most profit by offering the smallest settlement they can get away with, often preying on the fact that you need cash now to pay medical bills and other living expenses. But a ski accident attorney can advise you of your rights and let you know what fair and reasonable compensation would be for your case and negotiate with the insurance companies to get that compensation for you.
What kind of compensation am I entitled?
Like all personal injury cases, in a ski accident case you are likely entitled to the four basic categories of compensation:
- Past and future medical expenses: Hospital bills, doctor’s visits, chiropractic visits, physical/speech/occupational therapy, medication, durable medical equipment, and even renovations to your home to accommodate any disabilities arising from your injuries.
- Past and future lost wages: Pay you’ve missed or will miss as a result of being out of work due to your injuries, as well as income you may miss out on if you must find a new job with fewer hours or lower pay.
- Pain and suffering: Compensation for your pain from your injuries and the loss of quality of your life, especially if your injuries prevent you from doing things you once did.
- Loss of consortium or companionship: Depending on your marital and family status, your family members may be entitled to compensation for damage to your personal relationships.
You may also be entitled to property damage for losses to your equipment. And if your loved one was tragically killed in a ski accident, wrongful death damages may apply, including funeral costs and loss of support.
How long will it take to resolve my claim?
The Denver ski accident attorneys at Eddington will always work diligently to resolve your claim and get you compensation as quickly as possible. Sometimes, claims can be resolved quickly when the other side accepts responsibility for your accident. However, if liability is contested, it may be necessary to take your claim to court. In those cases, we work to resolve your claim as quickly as the justice system allows, but it will likely take longer.
Ski Accident Statistics
The Summit Daily reports that, during the 2016-2017 skiing season, 14 people died in skiing accidents in Colorado, the highest number since the 2011-2012 skiing season. The National Ski Areas Association, the trade association representing over 300 alpine resorts that serve more than 90 percent of skier/snowboarder visits nationwide, reports that for the 2017-2018 skiing season, there were 37 fatal incidents and 37 incidents of catastrophic injury in ski accidents across the country. Most of these accidents involved collisions with other skiers, ski equipment, or terrain. The association also reports that there were seven fatal snow immersion incidents in the United States during the 2017-2018 ski season.
The Denver Ski Accident Attorneys at Eddington Are Ready to Fight for You
We know that when you or a loved one is injured in a ski accident, you worry about how you’ll pay your medical expenses and provide for your family, especially if your injuries have left you out of work. Your focus should be on your recovery, not fighting with the insurance companies. That’s why the attorneys of Eddington work nonstop to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a ski accident at a Colorado resort, don’t wait another day. Contact the ski accident attorneys of Eddington at (303) 815 1585 or fill out an online contact form to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.