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What Are Your Options if You’re Injured at a Ski Resort?

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Skiing can be an exhilarating experience and a wildly fun activity, however, it’s an activity that is not without its dangers. In fact, skiing is one of the more dangerous activities that an individual can engage in.

Whenever someone is injured while skiing at a ski resort, it can be very difficult to pinpoint who is responsible. Liability can vary depending on a multitude of factors, such as whether any waivers were signed before engaging in the activity or the exact cause of the injury itself. Regardless of the origin of the injury, if you are ever at a resort and you are injured while skiing or snowboarding, you need to contact your Atlanta accident injury lawyer immediately. 

What Happens When You’re Injured

If you are injured at a ski resort, there are a few different issues that can come into play. The first is the source of the injury.

If you are injured while you are at the resort from a slip and fall or a staff worker’s negligence, the resort will likely be liable for the injury caused, provided that you did not have a hand in the cause of your injury. Of course, like anything else, there are limitations and exceptions to where liability should squarely fall, which is why it is wise to consult an attorney as soon as you are injured. Negligence can also be asserted against another skier who may have been skiing in a negligent or dangerous manner and happened to cause an accident where you were injured.

When you are injured while skiing or snowboarding, the issue of who to blame becomes a bit more difficult. Skiing and snowboarding are inherently dangerously activities, and anyone who engages in such an activity is seen to assume the risks involved with such an activity. This theory is called “assumption of risk” and can be raised as a defense to liability on behalf of the resort should an individual attempt to sue them for their injuries. This theory simply points out that the individual knew of the inherent risks involved with the dangerous activity and decided to engage in the activity despite this knowledge.

Filing a lawsuit following an injury sustained at a ski resort can be extremely difficult and time consuming. There are many pitfalls along the way that you may not be prepared for that could derail your entire lawsuit. You have the option to sue the resort, individual employees, and even other individuals at the resort if they contributed to the cause of your injury. However, like many other things in life, the issue is often not black and white, and you will need the assistance of a professional. Contact McAleer Law today for a free consultation with one of our expert accident lawyers in Atlanta.

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