Snowboarder paralyzed in accident at a California resort

Posted on March 18, 2013 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Spinal Cord Injuries on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Every winter people hit the slopes to ski or snowboard with their families. Yet even in the best of circumstances, unexpected conditions or unforeseen circumstances could cause accidents that result in serious injuries or even paralysis.

Recently, a man was injured while snowboarding at a California ski resort. The man, who was a father of two, was performing a jump that caused him to land on his head. He broke his hip and several vertebrae in the incident, and is now paralyzed from the neck down. The man underwent numerous surgical procedures, and doctors are now hopeful that he may walk again someday.

Sometimes, when a person suffers paralysis or some other permanent disability in an accident, they may seek compensation in a court of law. One question the court will consider is whether or not the plaintiff assumed a risk when engaging in the activity that caused the injury. Some activities may be inherently dangerous, but if a person engages in the activity and is injured in an unexpected way, they may still prevail in a lawsuit.

Paralysis victims often incur substantial medical expenses and require long-term medical care and rehabilitation. If a paralysis victim brings a successful lawsuit, they may be entitled to compensation for these costs. Other damages the plaintiff may pursue include damages for loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering and permanent disability.

Devastating accidents such as these are not without hope. However, a lawsuit may provide accident victims with the financial resources necessary for them to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

Source: KSL.com, “Man paralyzed in snowboarding accident ‘hopes to hold his baby’ someday,” Stephanie Grimes, March 7, 2013

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