Can I Sue a Ski Resort After an Accident in New York?

When people go skiing, they are usually aware that it can be a dangerous activity if they are not careful. However, they trust those who run the resort to minimize this threat by providing them with the proper standard of care. In the event that they fail to do so, the resort can become dangerous and accidents can happen that cause serious injuries as a result. If you sustained an injury due to the negligence of a ski resort, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance building and winning your case. 

Common Causes of Ski Accidents

There are several ways that negligence can be seen at a ski resort. For example, if the property owners or the staff they employ there do not take care of the property. When this happens, hazards can arise that threaten the safety of those who come to enjoy themselves. Hazards can include chair lift malfunctions, defective ski equipment provided by the resort, collisions with misplaced objects, icy conditions around the resort, and more. Other parties that can be liable are ski instructors or other skiers. Ski instructors can be negligent if they are careless when giving lessons. Other skiers can be negligent if they do not pay attention and collide with someone. 

Common Ski Accident Injuries

Some of the most common injuries that can happen at a New York ski resort can include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Sprains
  • Leg fractures
  • Knee injuries
  • Concussions
  • Broken bones

How Can I Recover Compensation?

When pursuing legal action, the injured party must file a personal injury claim to begin the process. In doing so, it is important to know that they are required to prove negligence in order to be successful. This means they need evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known that the grounds were dangerous and did nothing to fix it, thus directly causing their injuries. This may be the case if the establishment was not properly taken care of, designed, or marked. 

Evidence that can be used in court to help prove your case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, video of the accident, witness testimonies, and more. When pursuing legal action in a personal injury case, the statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in New York is three years from the date of the accident. 

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.