Ski accidents in CA: Examples, injuries and potential remedies

California is a state known for beautiful beaches, wine country and wonderful weather. It is also a state with many winter outdoor activities including skiing and snowboarding. Although enjoyable, these winter sports come with some risks.

A 49 year-old man who suffered a fatal head injury while skiing at a popular resort in Tahoe, California highlights these risks. The accident was just one of two that resulted in serious injuries at that same resort on that day. Another man suffered injuries to his leg that required medical attention.

Every sport has its risks. Those who partake in the sport can help to mitigate these risks by being aware of some of the more common injuries and taking proactive steps to avoid them.

What are the most common injuries associated with skiing and snowboarding? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes that the most common injuries for skiers and snowboarders include:

  • Head injuries. A fall while on the slopes can often result in the skier or snowboarder's head impacting with the mountain. This can lead to brain injuries, fractures to bones within the face and facial lacerations.
  • Knee injuries. Skiers are at a higher risk for injuries to the knee and leg. This can include broken bones and torn ligaments.
  • Abdomen injuries. Snowboarders are at an increased risk of injuries to the abdomen and organs within the abdomen such as the spleen, liver and kidneys.

Researchers that gathered this data for the NIH provide some advice. They encourage an alteration of riding strategies combined with use of appropriate equipment, like a helmet, to help mitigate the risk of injury.

What if you are injured while on the slopes? Those who are injured while skiing may have legal remedies if the slopes were not properly marked or maintained or another person's negligence or reckless behavior contributed to the accident. An attorney can review your case and discuss your options 

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