The major thrill of winter sports is the unbridled exhilaration of speeding across ice and snow. Unfortunately, the physical characters of these slick arenas account for both the thrill and danger of winter sports. The combined risks of uncontrollable speed, freezing temperatures, and unreliable terrain of snow and ice-related activities make thrill-seekers exceptionally susceptible to the following serious injuries:
Sprains. Sprains are the number one cause for skiers and winter sport fanatics to require emergency medical treatment. Foot, ankle, and leg sprains are common as a result of victims losing control of their gear and falling, colliding, or smashing into environmental obstacles such as trees, rocks, and snow mounds. Ankle sprains are especially common for skiers as their feet become tangled with the skis as they fall.
Frost bite/hypothermia. You can’t have snow and ice without freezing temperatures. However, even if dressed to resist the bitter cold, victims often forget that overexertion and sweating can lower body temperatures and increase the risk of frost bite. Furthermore, water and fluids used to hydrate during the day’s activities can become so cold that they too can lower the internal temperature of the body and increase hypothermia risks.
Broken bones. Much like sprains, the inability to control skis and sleds can lead to bone-breaking collisions. This loss of control is amplified due to the lack of braking mechanisms on the majority of winter sports equipment.
Head injuries. The most catastrophic injuries routinely occurring at ski resorts and sledding hills are trauma to the head, neck, and spine. A forceful collision or serious fall can easily result in significant damage, including fractures and lacerations, to the head and spine. This type of damage can potentially lead to serious complications, including brain damage, paralysis, and death.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a winter sporting accident, and you suspect foul play or negligence, we can help. Call our Bellevue office today to schedule a FREE, no-obligation case review with Attorney Andrew Kim. With over 25 years’ worth of experience helping the Seattle community understand and uphold their catastrophic injury rights, our knowledge and resources are just what you need to pursue your injury claim. Please, contact us today to see if you have a case worth pursuing.