January 19, 2013--Collingwood, Ontario--Police are conducting an investigation into a skiing accident that occurred on New Year's Day and took the life of a 48-year-old man at the Blue Mount Resort in Collingwood, Ontario.
Rescue workers were called to the resort early in the afternoon when a man was injured on an intermediate trail. Skiers and staff witnessed the accident, although there is no official word yet on what led to the man's injuries. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.
The ski resort has offered condolences to the family but has not claimed any responsibility for the crash.
Ski Accidents, Although Rare, Are Often Fatal
Ski accidents are relatively rare occurrences. A recent physical therapy study showed that there were 3.7 injuries per 1,000 skier days. This is an injury rate of less than one-half of one percent of all skiers at any given resort.
Most ski injuries involve sprains or muscle tears. About 18 percent of all observed injuries were sprains to ligaments and 30 percent involved knee injuries.
However, there are cases in which ski accidents are serious or even fatal. In these cases, the victim may suffer permanent brain damage or may be killed as was the case in this incident.
Ski Resorts Deny Responsibility
Ski resorts typically deny liability for any accidents that happen on their slopes, no matter what the circumstances of the accidents. Ski resorts are often able to avoid paying anything in damages because so many states have laws that protect the resorts rather than the victims. These laws refer to skiing as an "inherently dangerous" activity that a user participates in at his or her own risk of injury or death.
Does That Mean I Cannot Collect Damages from a Ski Injury?
With the help of a West Virginia ski accident attorney, you have a much better chance of collecting damages for your ski injury. If you try to negotiate with a ski resort or its representative insurance company, it is likely that you will be denied any compensation whatsoever. Even if you are offered any type of settlement, the chances are that it will be only a fraction of the amount to which you could be entitled.
Instead of attempting to fight insurance companies, ski resorts, and the laws of your state, consult a personal injury attorney who has a record of success in ski accident injury cases. Chris Heavens has successfully fought for the rights of victims of ski accidents and gotten them money for their injuries even after they were told they had "no case" by other attorneys. Contact Mr. Heavens at Heavens Law Offices today to discuss your ski accident and how you may be able to collect damages for your medical bills, lost time at work, pain and suffering and other costs related to your injuries.
Source: The Star, "Aurora man dies after skiing accident at Blue Mountain Resort," Dylan C. Robertson. January 2, 2012.