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Skiing in Colorado is an extremely popular pastime, especially in Telluride. Skiing is typically a fun way to get a great workout, as well as breathe in the beautiful mountain air. However, some skiing adventures may lead to serious injury.
Our injury attorneys have the experience necessary to guide you through the legal process and answer any questions you have regarding your ski injury lawsuit. Call (800) 863-5312 as soon as possible to speak with a Zinda Law Group attorney for a free consultation. Our Telluride ski injury lawyers can help you seek the maximum compensation available in your case.
MOST COMMON SKIING INJURIES
Each year, countless individuals travel to Colorado’s mountains to hit the slopes. Unfortunately, many people will experience a skiing accident while speeding down the mountains. For many, these accidents will lead to only minor injuries, such as a small scrape or bruise. For some, however, the injuries will be much worse. These injuries may result in enormous hospital bills. Common serious ski accident injuries include:
Skiers tend to be prone to knee injuries, as the sport involves a lot of twisting and turning. There are two serious knee injuries you should be aware of:
Anterior and posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL) injuries
These injuries are injuries to the ligaments that stabilize the knee. This may occur due to suddenly twisting while your feet are planted. If you completely tear your ACL, you may require surgery and reconstruction.
The meniscus is the cartilage in your knee that allows for a smooth motion. A meniscus tear may occur with sudden twisting motions. Large tears may require expensive surgery.
Head, Neck, and Shoulder Injuries
Falling is the main cause of head, neck, and shoulder injuries. Falling is often unavoidable in sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Some common head, neck, and shoulder injuries include:
Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries, often caused by falling. Although it may be considered mild, any blow to the head should be carefully monitored. Wearing a helmet may reduce the risks of getting a concussion.
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck. Whiplash is often referred to as a neck sprain, or neck strain. Sudden stops may cause this hyperextension injury, and you should always seek medical attention from a medical professional to provide a proper treatment plan.
Shoulder separation may happen when falling on an outstretched hand or falling directly on the tip of the shoulder. This type of injury is typically treated with rest, ice, and a sling.
If you have been injured due to a skiing accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Always seek medical attention if you believe you have been injured, as a medical professional may be able to properly diagnose your injuries, even the less obvious ones. Knowing your exact injuries may help you in your ski accident lawsuit and may help you seek compensation for your injuries and out of cost hospital bills.
HOW TO PREVENT FUTURE SKIING INJURIES
Skiing may be dangerous, but you can take certain precautions to help avoid serious or catastrophic injury to yourself or others. Many of these precautions boil down to common sense and behavioral modification. For example, research has shown that for downhill skiing, direct causes of accidents were mainly behavioral, such as excessive speed, skiing errors, and fatigue. Below are some examples of how you can prevent future skiing injuries.
When skiing, you are constantly faced with important decisions. For example, you must choose the level of terrain to ski, whether to go alone or with a partner, and how fast to go. You should always use common sense when making these decisions, and never let a friend push you into skiing beyond your comfort zone.
Further, you should always stay vigilant and alert while skiing. This includes watching out for other skiers or snowboarders, rocks, trees, etc. Staying vigilant also means you should never ski if you are fatigued. It is also important to remember that you should never consume drugs or alcohol before or during a ski session.
Another step you can take to ski safely is proper preparation before hitting the slopes. Although there is little research that exists on the role of stretching before skiing to prevent injury, it has been shown that skiers with increased fitness can ski at a higher level when compared to less fit individuals. Many gyms have programs dedicated to preparing individuals for ski season, and this should be encouraged.
It has also been shown that non-local skiers tend to have higher injury rates. Always take new runs slowly and study the terrain before deciding to take that run.
Well-maintained equipment is a must for ski season. Wearing a properly fitted helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head injury. It is always important, therefore, to find a comfortable, well-fitted helmet and wear it every time you ski. Many skiers have found that helmets are actually enjoyable to wear, as it keeps them warm and comfortable.
Along with wearing a helmet, always check your equipment before ski season. For example, you need to check the adjustment and lubrication of your bindings. Further, you need to make certain that your bindings are properly set, and you have the correct ski and pole lengths.
Skiing is a great pastime, but your health and well-being should always be priority number one. Ski with common sense, stay vigilant, be prepared, and wear a helmet.
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If you have been injured in a skiing accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation you may be able to collect depends on your type of injury, out of pocket costs to you, and emotional damage.
A Zinda Law Group attorney may evaluate your case, identify the at-fault party, and discuss the types of compensation you may be entitled to. Remember, every case is different, and we cannot guarantee the exact amount of compensation you will receive.
There are three main types of damages, or compensation, that you may be entitled to:
The first type of damages is referred to as economic damages. These damages are meant to compensate the victim for actual, measurable, losses. These damages are specific and easily put into monetary terms. Examples of economic damages include, but are not limited to:
- Lost earnings
- Hospital bills
- Pharmaceutical bills
- Property damage
- Therapy costs
The second type of potential damages are non-economic damages. These damages are not easily measurable, meaning they cannot be calculated by adding up hospital bills and property damage costs. These damages are highly subjective, may be difficult to calculate, and vary from case to case. Examples of non-economic damages may include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The last kind of damages is referred to as punitive damages. Punitive damages are given to the victim to punish the wrongdoer, not necessarily to compensate the victim for his or her injuries or property damage. These damages are relatively rare and should not be expected from each case.
If you are the victim of a skiing accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You should contact a personal injury lawyer right away to discuss your case. A Zinda Law Group skiing injury attorney can help investigate your case and help you determine what kind of compensation you may be eligible to receive.
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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SKIING INJURIES
The statute of limitations is the time limit in which you have to file a claim. It is important to know the statute of limitations before you file a claim, as you may be barred from receiving compensation if you miss the deadline. Each state has different laws regarding the statute of limitations, and they will vary with each type of lawsuit.
In Colorado, you have two years to file a claim for your personal injury case. That means you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim, or you may be prohibited from receiving any compensation for your injuries.
Zinda Law Group’s Colorado attorneys can help put your mind at ease by helping you file your personal injury case on time.
CONTACT OUR TELLURIDE SKI INJURY LAWYERS
If you or a loved one has been injured in a skiing accident, we may be able to help. We believe that a ski accident victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford high-quality legal representation. This is why we work on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid if we win your case.