Winter sports are wildly popular in Colorado — we love to ski, snowboard or even snow tube on mountains and slopes throughout the state. Unfortunately, some of these trips to the slopes may end up with you or someone you love being injured. At Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC, we’ve built a reputation for our understanding and experience with the unique dynamics of winter sport injuries and the laws governing ski, snowboard, and snow tube accidents. We know how to represent our clients who have suffered injuries on the snow and ice, including broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis, regardless of the cause of the accident.
What can happen on the slopes can change your life forever
- Collisions: Many ski and snowboard accidents occur from collisions between other skiers or snowboarders. It’s important to follow up with at-fault skiers quickly, as many are from out-of-country or out-of-state and may be difficult to contact once they’ve left Colorado.
- Ski area negligence: Although Colorado law protects ski areas from many kinds of negligence claims, those claims apply only to the “inherent dangers” of skiing and not to actual negligence of the ski area in maintaining or caring for the facility — for example collisions on the slope with snowcats being operated by the ski area operator.
- Ski lift accidents: Many of these cases occur when loading or unloading passengers on the lift, but accidents have occurred from falls, brake failure, and derailment of cables.
However, any accident on the slopes is subject to an analysis of what is called a “threshold question”: whether the injury or death was related to a risk that the skier assumed. This risk depends on the facts of the accident as well as the rules, regulations and statutes that govern skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in Colorado.
Ski and snowboard injury cases
Accidents on the slopes usually involve serious injuries — and many have also caused people to lose their lives. If you or someone you love has been injured due to ski area negligence or a collision, the damage suffered may cause medical expenses that rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for broken bones and internal injuries. There may be a need for expensive treatment and rehabilitation over an extended time period, as well as future medical expenses, loss of income, time away from work, and other damages. And if someone you love dies from the injuries, you’ve lost companionship and support. The ski accident lawyers at Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg have decades of experience in making sure that those who caused your injuries are held responsible. We know how to navigate the Colorado Ski Safety Act, the Tramway Act, and the waivers that many equipment shops and ski areas force you to sign.
Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC is ready to assist you and your loved ones after a snow sport injury. Our offices serve the needs of injured victims throughout the Front Range and Western Slope areas of Colorado. We are unwavering advocates for your legal rights. For personal injury cases, we work on contingency, which means we only get paid if we win.