Is a resort to blame if a ski lift malfunctions?

Imagine the fun of going skiing with your family. You do it every year during the holidays and really enjoy the time together. Like usual, you all pile onto the ski lift and head to the top of your favorite slopes.

Unfortunately, this last trip was terrible, because you and your loved ones were badly hurt. The ski lift you were using caught on fire, resulting in the unit losing tension. You and others on the lift fell to the ground; snow isn't as soft as you might think, so some suffered concussions while others were left with severely broken bones and other injuries. Fortunately, no one was killed, but broken bones, time off work and head injuries add up and impact those who are hurt financially and in their personal lives.

Premises liability claims can help people in situations like yours. Property owners are often responsible for things that go wrong on the premises, especially if the injuries caused were a result of negligence or malicious intent. In your case, the parts that caught on fire should never have done so, so there is a question in your mind about whether or not appropriate maintenance techniques were used.

If the resort failed to keep the ski lift safe because it didn't maintain it correctly, then you may have a stronger case and be able to hold the resort responsible for your injuries and the injuries your loved ones suffered. You should remember to keep all documentation about the incident and begin your case quickly to make sure you don't run out of time to make a claim.

Source: FindLaw, "When Is a Ski Resort Liable for Injuries?," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed Dec. 22, 2017

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