ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Now that a fair amount of snow has fallen on Western and Central New York, the slopes are open. But skiing and snowboarding have several risks, and local emergency rooms are already reporting a plethora of injuries.
New York State has more than 40 ski areas, more than any other state in the country, according to Ski Central. All of these areas have certain standards and safety regulations that ensure that visitors can not only have fun, but avoid a serious injury as well.
There’s a fine line between safe skiing and fun skiing. With too many regulations, the ski resorts would likely lose business; but too few regulations could be dangerous, or even deadly.
That’s why safety advocates are urging skiers and snowboarders to use extreme caution on the trails this month. Many of those who will be at the resorts this weekend haven’t been on the slopes in quite some time.
“We had a mild winter last year and this winter has been relatively mild as well, so there haven’t been many opportunities to go skiing or snowboarding around Rochester,” slip and fall lawyer Ross Cellino said. “It’s really important to take it easy the few times on the slopes, and be extra careful getting on and off chairlifts.”
Not all injuries happen on the slopes. Many accidents occur on ski lifts and near lodges. In almost every case, ski areas are required to get permits to operate chairlifts, and officials regularly inspect ski areas for possible malfunctions or safety concerns.
However, not every flaw is found, and dozens of people get hurt as the result of chairlift malfunctions each year.
In many cases, the injury may not be the result of a lift malfunction; operators also have a responsibility to make sure skiers safely proceed onto a lift platform and unload in an equally safe manner.
Although skiing and snowboarding has its risks, Rochester slip and fall lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say most injuries occur off the slopes, at other areas where snow and ice can build-up to dangerous levels.
THE RISKS OFF THE MOUNTAIN
One of the things skiers enjoy most about the sport is going to the lodge afterwards for a hot cocoa. Many of the injuries that occur at ski resorts, and other businesses in the winter, occur near establishments where melting snow and ice has puddled on the floor.
Businesses and property owners have a responsibility to keep heavily trafficked areas safe and clear of snow and ice. Unfortunately, this duty is often neglected, and people can get seriously injured as a result.
If you’ve fallen on slippery floor, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Rochester slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped many victims get the best result possible from an injury claim; and they can help you and your family maximize the compensation you’re entitled to.
When you’ve suffered an injury, contact the firm that New Yorkers have trusted for over 50 years. Call a Rochester slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.
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