Determining Fault For Injury Sustained On Ski Slope In Ontario

A different set of facts and circumstances surrounds each accidental occurrence on the ski slope. For that reason, any lawyer hired by the injured skier must study those different facts and circumstances. In that way, the hired personal injury lawyer in Leamington can better ascertain who should be held liable for the skier’s/client’s injuries.

Questions that the lawyer is apt to ask:

Was the slope groomed properly? The business that has invited skiers to a given slope must make sure that the skiers can travel down a well-groomed side of a mountain. Failure to carry-out that specific task can cause the same business to be held liable to any injuries on those that arrive, each of them bearing a pair of skis.

Were there visible warning signs on any hazard? Any ski resort that invites lovers of the sport to its facilities should make sure that those invited guests will stay safe. In other words, that same facility should have placed visible warning signs on any recognized hazard.

Did the skiing instructors offer those in the class any instructions, regarding how to avoid the most common mishaps? A good instructor teaches more than basic skills. He or she also teaches how to stay as safe as possible, while skiing down the mountainside.

Were you hit by someone that was taking a short-cut? If that is the case, then what signs had been posted, if any, to caution other skiers from going off a designated trail and taking a short cut? The absence of such signs would indicate that the poor choice made by the skier responsible for a given accident reflected the absence of good guidance, in the form of posted signs.

Had the various slopes at that particular facility been categorized, according to skill level? Did any given skier have ready access to guidance, regarding the expected skill level for any skier that planned to use a particular slope? The absence of such guidance, normally in the form of signs, can put a beginning skier in danger.

Did you stay on the level that matched with your skill level? Did you wear a helmet? If a client could not give a “yes” answer to those 2 questions, then the same client could be held partially responsible for any self-imposed injuries.

Was the rented equipment defective? If that were found to be the case, then the maker of the defective equipment might be held liable for the client’s injuries.

Was any grooming equipment left on the slope, where it might fall and hit a skier? If that were found to be the case, then the facility that had hired the groomers could be held responsible for the accident that harmed a given skier.