Sports, Amusement and Recreation Injuries

Skiing and snowboarding injuries, and injuries that occur at amusement parks or sporting events, can be catastrophic. As personal injury attorneys, we know that a day of fun with family and friends can turn into a life-altering, and tragically sometimes, a life-ending, event.

At O’Connell and Aronowitz, we represent those who have been severely injured to get the monetary compensation they deserve. Whether skiing or snowboarding, hurt at a water or theme park or sporting event, when an injury is caused by someone else’s negligence or their failure to do their job in a safe and appropriate way, you deserve to be compensated.  We have a proven track record of success.  Our litigation team recently settled a case for $1.5M after a trial verdict finding an upstate New York ski mountain 100% negligent for our client’s skiing injury.

Many times, people who are hurt during recreation activities wrongly believe that they cannot recover for their injuries because they signed a liability waiver or were told that they “assumed the risk.” At ski resorts, the back of your lift ticket has language saying that you assumed the risk and “waive liability”; the same is true at a water park where patrons are advised that they “swim at their own risk”; or at trampoline parks: “patrons beware, injury may result.”

Sometimes you cannot recover for an injury because that injury is the likely and foreseeable result of the activity. For example, a downhill skier who loses her balance assumes the risk that she may fall and could be injured when she fell since that is a typical part of skiing. On the other hand, the downhill skier does not expect that trails will be dangerously mislabeled or left open when it is too dangerous to safely enjoy.  When an injury is caused by a ski resort’s failure to properly designate, design or maintain a trail, then you may be able to recover for your injury. The same is true at water and theme parks and other sporting and recreational events. It is important to remember that just because you sign a liability waiver, you may still be able to recover for the injury you or a loved one suffered.

The attorney you choose should have a successful track record. Our Personal Injury Litigation team obtained one of the largest personal injury verdicts in the history of upstate New York. We also recently won an $800,000 verdict after trial for a woman who broke her ankle on a trampoline, among other significant verdicts and settlements of more than $1M.

We know how to handle amusement, sport and recreational injury cases and have the experience you can trust.  At O’Connell and Aronowitz, our team genuinely cares about our clients and you can rest assured you will not be treated like just another file.  If you or someone you care about has been injured or harmed while skiing, snowboarding or at a water or theme park, call and speak to one of our attorneys today for a free consultation.



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