Ski companies may not face liability if an injury or death occurs due to the inherent dangers of skiing, but injured skiers have rights if ski companies fail to meet legal obligations set forth in the Ski Safety Act.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 08, 2014
Commenting on the legal difficulties skiers often face after being involved in an accident at any of Colorado’s countless ski resorts, attorney Bradley P. Pollock of Bell & Pollock, P.C. today stressed the importance for injury victims to understand their rights under the Ski Safety Act and the critical role a lawyer can play in protecting the rights of injury victims injured in a skiing accident.
Pollock, an attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. for more than 30 years, discussed ski company liability on the Sept. 28 edition of the Bell & Pollock Legal Show, broadcast on Colorado stations KHOW, MIX 100, KOOL105 and 92.5 The Wolf and available as a podcast on the firm’s website, championsofthepeople.com.
“You have dangers in skiing,” Pollock said. “People are killed every year. People sustain serious injuries. It’s critical to understand ski company liability if you have been hurt or a family member has been killed while skiing. Colorado set one of the highest bars for negligence in the United States with the Ski Safety Act, passed in 1979. Ski companies may not face liability if an injury or death occurs due to the inherent dangers of skiing, but injured skiers have rights if ski companies fail to meet legal obligations set forth in the Ski Safety Act.”
According to the Ski Safety Act of 1979, ski companies cannot be held responsible for a skier’s injuries if the accident occurs as a result of the inherent dangers of skiing. This includes a variety of conditions.
In addition to outlining clearly defined responsibilities for skiers, the Ski Safety Act of 1979 also defines a number of responsibilities that must be met by ski lodges, resorts and other companies. These obligations include: maintaining signage, boundary marker locations, warning skiers of man-made structures and grooming equipment on slopes and track difficulty level.
Pollock said a failure to do so could result in a ski company being held liable for an accident. However, the experienced attorney stressed the importance of acting fast after an accident due to Colorado’s statute of limitations involving skiing accidents.
“Colorado’s statute of limitations for filing a claim against a ski resort or individual is two years, but seeking out an attorney as soon as possible is imperative to filing a successful claim,” Pollock said. “We can discuss your injuries with the ski resort, interview witnesses and frequent visitors to the resort, and reconstruct the scene of your accident when the conditions that potentially caused your accident are still fresh.”
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An experienced Colorado personal injury law firm serving Denver and residents statewide, Bell & Pollock, P.C. was founded by attorneys Gary Bell Jr. and Bradley P. Pollock. With offices in the Denver area and Steamboat Springs, CO, Bell & Pollock, P.C., has a strong track record for successfully handling a wide range of legal cases, including auto accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, workers compensation and social security disability issues. Bell & Pollock, P.C. works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay attorney’s fees if they win. Contact Bell & Pollock, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
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