January 27, 2013--Northstar, California--A man who was found unconscious on the Prosser Trail in Northstar after an apparent skiing accident has died from his injuries. According to the resort, the skier was flown by CareFlight from the resort to a medical center in Reno, Nevada, after he was found unconscious on the slopes. He died some time later at the facility.
Resort authorities stated that the man was wearing a helmet at the time of his accident but gave no further information on the cause of his death. The resort acknowledged the help of CareFlight in ministering to the victim and extended sympathies to the family and friends of the man, whose name has not been released.
Ski Sports Cause Thousands of Injuries Each Year
Approximately three out of every 1,000 ski events will result in injury, according to data from the Wilderness Medical Society. With millions of skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes each winter, this translates to about 135,000 reported injuries or deaths each year. However, experts estimate that as many as 500,000 injuries actually take place; the majority of accidents are unreported.
Ski Resorts Deny Responsibility
Most ski resorts deny any responsibility for ski or snowboard accidents, claiming that skiing is an "inherently dangerous" sport. Resorts have been supported in this stance by laws in many states, including West Virginia. State law informs skiers and snowboarders that they are taking the risk upon themselves if they choose to engage in these activities.
However, the law has been successfully challenged in cases in which it could be shown that the resort did not live up to its standard of care in providing a safe environment for skiers and snowboarders. If the resort knowingly allows a dangerous situation to exist and does not warn skiers and snowboarders of the inherent danger, for example, the resort may be liable.
Because the law is skewed to protect ski resorts rather than participants, it is vital that victims who have been injured in skiing or snowboarding accidents retain the help of a personal injury attorney to recover damages. Without the help of a lawyer, it is doubtful that a victim will have much success in recovering payments for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other costs related to a skiing or snowboarding accident.
Source: NBC News 4 Reno, "Man dead after ski accident at Northstar," January 25, 2013.
Chris Heavens is a Charleston personal injury lawyer who has successfully represented several victims of ski resort accidents. Mr. Heavens has years of experience in dealing with insurance companies and corporate defendants and knows how to recover damages for victims who have been denied compensation. If you have been injured in a winter sport accident, whether by skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, or tubing you should contact Heavens Law Offices for a free, no-obligation consultation. Even if you have been told by another attorney that you have no case, let Chris Heavens review your case and help you recover damages.