Skiing, snowboarding and other popular winter activities can be highly enjoyable in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, these winter activities can lead to accidents that result in serious injuries or even death.
The recent death of a well-known freestyle skier reminds us just how dangerous the sport can be, no matter how experienced a skier is.
Sarah Burke, a 29-year-old pioneer in freestyle skiing, died last week as a result of injuries she sustained in a skiing accident while training on Jan. 11. Burke was placed in a medically-induced coma following the accident, and passed away nine later.
Following surgery to repair a torn artery that was causing bleeding in her brain, Burke remained sedated and depended on a breathing tube to keep her alive. A press conference to discuss her condition was cancelled on Jan. 16, and it was announced just days later that Burke had died.
In the wake of the death, Burke’s family opened up a website to raise money for the extensive medical bills that they incurred trying to save the skier. According to the Los Angeles Times, the goal is to raise $550,000 to cover the medical bills. As of Jan. 21, the Huffington Post reported that donors had raised $240,000 for the fund.
As anyone who has been injured in a serious accident knows, medical bills can pile on quickly, and often insurance doesn’t cover all of the costs. Fortunately for Burke’s family, her fans stepped in to provide aid. However, most accident victims aren’t so lucky.
If you have been injured in a skiing accident in Massachusetts or any other state, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. Talk to a personal injury attorney in your area for more information.
Source: Huffington Post, “Sarah Burke Medical Bills: Donations Helping Defray Hospital Costs For Family Of Dead Skier,” Chris Greenberg, Jan. 21, 2012