Skiing carries inherent risks. So does snowboarding. This is true whether you ski and snowboard in Maine or whether you ski and snowboard in other parts of the country. Some ski injuries simply do not give rise to legal claims. The majority of people who pursue these winter activities understand this.
But what if you, or someone you care about, is the one that gets hurt or killed? Is there ever fault on the part of another person or on the part of a ski area that could give rise to a legal claim? Is there ever a successful lawsuit against a ski area operator? When you believe that an injury or death was caused by negligent behavior on the part of another party, it is only natural to ask these questions. You want to know your legal options so you can move forward.
Your Legal Options Following A Ski Accident
The Maine legislature is very specific in the protections granted to ski area operators. You can find the specific laws on the Maine Legislature website. Ski area operators are protected from some legal liability, but there are exceptions.
After any injury that you suspect was caused by a careless company or individual, the best way to find out your legal options is to talk to a lawyer. When you speak to a Maine personal injury lawyer and explain your specific circumstances, the lawyer can determine the likelihood of pursuing a successful legal case.
In the event of a ski accident, find a legal professional with experience working with ski accident victims. At Fales & Fales, P.A., we have helped numerous clients after accidents at ski areas. A ski accident attorney from our firm can help you understand your options.
Examples of the types of cases where another person’s fault can give rise to liability include:
Ski Lift Accidents
Maine law holds ski area operators responsible for their ski lifts. If the lift was poorly designed, shoddily built, improperly maintained, or operated in a way that put skiers in danger, then you may have a legal case.
If your accident happened on the lift, consider consulting a lawyer as soon as possible. You may have a claim against the ski area operator.
Another area where your injuries may entitle you to damages is if the injury was caused by another skier. Sometimes other skiers go much faster than they should, especially in crowded areas, or the skier may have ignored posted rules to “Slow Down,” or maintain a certain speed. If you were hurt by another skier, you should consider talking to a personal injury lawyer.
Contact Our Lewiston Maine Personal Injury Firm
Our firm has a proven ability to win ski accident personal injury cases. Let us help you determine what your next steps should be. Contact us now to get started.