27-Year-Old Paraplegic Suing Oregon Ski Resort For Snowboarding Injuries Sustained in 2006.

Having practiced and litigated personal injury cases in Massachusetts for nearly 30 years, our Boston lawyers have earned a well-deserved reputation for fantastic results and impeccable client service.  At the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates, we know what it takes to get the most damages for our injured clients. Have you been injured in an accident involving snow or ice? Our Massachusetts snow and ice accident injury lawyer specialists will be your greatest asset in securing fair and just monetary damages from the responsible parties.  Please call our office, 24/7, at 617-787-3700 or email info@gilhoylaw.com for more information.  Your needs are our top priority!

Aside from the holidays, which can be stressful, the winter season is sometimes hard to enjoy in New England.  A pessimist would say that between the artic-cold weather, and the increased congestion of traffic, the winter is hard to enjoy.  The other side of that coin, however, is a far more positive outlook. New England winters can be extremely enjoyable.  One common pastime for New Englanders, including those living in Massachusetts, is skiing.  Skiing and snowboarding are fun activities that allow people to take advantage of the cold, snowy weather.  There are, however, risks associated with skiing and snowboarding.  Many ski resorts have their patrons sign waivers that essentially eliminate a person’s right to sue in the case of an injury.

Just recently, an Oregon ski resort was sued by a 27-year-old man named Myles Bagley who had been snowboarding on Mt. Bachelor.  On February 16, 2006, he was 18 years old.  That day, he was paralyzed from the waist down when he fell off a jump at the Mt. Bachelor terrain park.   After recovering from his accident, Myles and his family filed a lawsuit against the Mt. Bachelor ski resort for $21.5 million. 

This lawsuit is unique because the court ruled that the liability waiver on the back of the lift ticket didn’t translate to the loss of his right to sue, even if the cause of his injuries was the resort’s negligence.  The resort’s attorneys contended that skiers and snowboarders knowingly take part in a voluntary and potentially dangerous activity, and thus bear the risk of injury. The court, however, held that not all of the responsibility of safety should fall on skiers, snowboarders and other members of the public who engage in inherently risky activities.  The court reasoned that business owners must also accept some responsibility  and keep their facilities as safe as possible.  Attorney Art Johnson represented the plaintiff in this case.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a snow or ice accident, please contact our diligent Boston injury lawyers, who will work hard to ensure that you and your family are financially secure.  Please call us at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com.

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