Extreme sports such as snowboarding require taking certain bodily risks to complete maneuvers such as turns or jumps. Due to the nature of the activity, some injuries can result, mostly after a fall.

In addition, the increased interest in snowboarding has caused serious injuries and/or death for the snowboarder. More challenging activities such as jumps and half-pipes can also increase the risks involved.  A

An individual injured in a snowboarding accident may receive compensation for injuries that occur during the activity. This depends on various factors, including the nature of the accident as well as the severity of the injuries involved.

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What are Common Snowboarding Injuries?

Snowboarding injuries can range from mild to severe and include:

  • Knee injury
  • Lower leg fracture
  • Brain injury
  • Head injury
  • Wrist sprain
  • Spinal injury 

In severe cases, paralysis or even death can occur, especially if the neck or spine is injured. Some cases can also involve injuries to multiple parties.

How Do Snowboarding Accidents Occur?

The most common types of snowboarding accidents include collisions with other snowboarders and:

  • Falls
  • Collisions with objects like walls, signs, trees, and fences
  • Snowboarding equipment failure
  • Inadequate snowboarding instructions by a snowboarding instructor

Can Snowboarding Accidents Be Caused by Negligence?

If a snowboarding injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then the individual has the right to sue that person. Negligence is the failure to use the amount of care an ordinary person in the same or similar circumstances would use. Examples of snowboarding lawsuits based on negligence include:

  • The defendant, who is the person being sued, collided with the plaintiff after acting recklessly or carelessly
  • There was a problem with the trails or parks where the plaintiff was snowboarding, such as a design flaw or poor maintenance
  • A snowboarding instructor led the plaintiff to a terrain beyond their skill level, in which case both the instructor and the school or resort employing the instructor may be sued

Can I Sue If My Snowboarding Injury was the Result of a Defective Product?

Whenever a product such as a snowboard causes harm to the user based on a design defect, warning defect, or defective manufacturing, it is considered a defective product. Under product liability, manufacturers, designers, distributors, and retailers can be held responsible for the defective product.

An example of a defective product is where a snowboard is manufactured with a defect, causing one the straps to come loose during use and cause a fall. Such defects can result in legal liability and can also result in recalled products and class action lawsuits.

Do I Need to Contact a Lawyer Regarding My Snowboarding Injuries?

Snowboarding injuries can often be serious and may require legal action. You could receive money to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury lawyer for representation in your case.