Denver Personal Injury Lawyers for Ski Lift Accidents
Ski lifts are essential pieces of machinery in ski areas and private ski resorts; and, while they are fairly simple in concept, they require regular maintenance and skilled operation. While most skiers and snowboarders will not think twice about getting on a lift, accidents happen, and these accidents often result in serious traumatic injuries.
In the case of a ski lift accident, the ski area or resort owner will often be to blame. While inexperienced or careless skiers and snowboarders may occasionally be responsible for their own injuries, the majority of the time, it is a problem with the lift or the lift’s loading or unloading area that is the cause of the accident. How do we know? We have been representing accident victims in Denver and the surrounding ski areas for more than 20 years. Our Denver personal injury attorneys are intimately familiar with Colorado’s laws and regulations governing ski lifts and resulting ski lift accidents, and our entire legal team is committed to ensuring that injury victims win the compensation they deserve.
Common Factors in Ski Lift Accidents
There are a variety of different factors that can lead to ski lift accidents. When we represent skiers and snowboarders who have been injured on ski lifts, we investigate possible causes such as:
- Brake failures
- Cable derailments
- Design, engineering and manufacturing flaws
- Failure to stop the ski lift when necessary
- Inadequate snow removal from loading and unloading areas
- Poor ski lift maintenance
- Ski lift operator error
- Violations of Colorado’s Ski Safety Act
The vast majority of ski lift accidents occur during loading and unloading. While skiers and snowboarders are close to the ground (if not on the ground) during unloading and unloading, these are the points in time during which there is the greatest potential for something to go wrong, and these accidents often result in serious injuries that require a prolonged recovery and have the potential for long-term consequences.
Can I Get Compensated After a Ski Lift Accident If I Signed a Waiver?
When you bought your ski pass or ski lift ticket, you probably signed a waiver stating that you would not sue the ski area or ski resort if you got injured. While the Colorado courts will enforce these waivers under some circumstances, there are also various legal arguments for having these mandatory waivers deemed invalid. Our accident attorneys in Denver are experienced in arguing against the enforcement of these waivers (also commonly referred to as a “release of liability”), and we have had success overcoming the various other unique challenges involved in ski lift accident cases.
If you have questions, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. It costs you nothing to learn about your rights after a ski lift accident, and we do not charge any fees or costs unless we secure a settlement or win a verdict at trial.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
To find out if you are entitled to compensation for your ski lift accident, please contact our Denver personal injury law firm today. You can call us 24/7 at 303-333-8000 or tell us about your accident online, and we will arrange for you to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.