As we have discussed in previous posts, downhill skiing and snowboarding can be extremely dangerous, despite their popularity during the winter months. Even the most experienced of skiers can be involved in skiing accidents.
Ski lift accidents, inadequate slope maintenance, collisions with other skiers and negligent instruction can all result in serious injuries on the slopes. Unfortunately, a recent skiing accident at Nashoba Ski Area in Westford, Massachusetts, has left a 9-year-old boy with a head injury.
According to officials, the boy was skiing with his father on Sunday night when he apparently went off of the trail and crashed. The boy’s father said he looked back after reaching the bottom of the hill and could not see his son.
Another skier spotted the boy in the woods and alerted the ski patrol, which arrived within minutes. The president and general manager of the ski area said that the boy had been wearing a helmet, but that he had lost consciousness at some point after the accident.
The boy was flown to Children’s Hospital in Boston. His current condition has not been released. The boy has not been identified at this time.
Sometimes parties can be held liable for the injuries sustained in skiing accidents, including the ski resort, the equipment manufacturer or another third party. In these cases, a personal injury lawsuit can help provide the accident victim with compensation to help cover medical bills, lost wages and other costs.
People who have been injured in skiing accidents may assume that they were skiing at their own risk because they signed a liability waiver. However, sometimes these waivers are not enforceable. This is why it’s a good idea to have your rights explained to you following a skiing accident.
Source: Boston Globe, “Boy hurt in ski accident in Westford,” Jan. 30, 2012