Ski-goers look forward to the serenity of skiing environments and the freedom that comes with skiing down a mountain. Despite the popularity of skiing, ski accidents and lift failure cases are not uncommon.
The steps required to reach the top of a starting point require well-maintained, functional equipment; but this is not always the case. Poor employee training, defective products, faulty maintenance schedules and skier mistakes can lead to accidents resulting in severe injury. Ski lifts operate at heights that can cause debilitating bodily damage. Following are the most important aspects of ski accidents and lift failure cases:
Liability: Lift failure typically occurs when the lift operator fails to allow the skier to load properly. In many cases, the skier makes an error that contributes to his own accident. In situations where the lift operator fails to allow skiers that he knows have little experience to safely exit or fails to stop the lift at an appropriate time, the liability may lie with the employee. In other situations, such as faulty maintenance, the employee or ski company may be liable. Liability is an important aspect of ski accidents and life failure cases and identifying the party responsible relies on a number of components.
Degree of Care: States may impose a higher degree of care on ski lift operators. Skiers give up their freedom and ability to move out of harms way when they sit on a ski lift. Furthermore, skiers have very little control over accidents as the ski lift operator has total control over the lift. As a result, states, such as Colorado, require that ski lift operators anticipate the needs of each individual, operate under a high standard of alertness and slow or stop the lift when necessary. Establishing the breach of a duty of care is essential to achieving just compensation.