If you were injured in a recent snowmobile accident, skiing accident, boating collision, or another recreational incident, you may be in need of legal assistance. Drew Palcsik is an experienced Burlington recreational accident lawyer who will investigate the events leading to your injuries and determine who is responsible for the losses you sustained. A personal injury attorney will help you recover any damages to which you may be entitled and hold the liable parties accountable.
Common Types of Recreational Accidents
There is a wide range of recreational accidents that can lead to serious and even life-threatening personal injuries. Common examples of recreational accidents include:
- Swimming pool accidents
- Sports injuries
- All-terrain vehicles (ATV) collisions
- Snowmobile wrecks
- Dirt bike accidents
- Water skiing accidents
These incidents have the potential to inflict tremendous harm, such as broken bones, contusions, torn muscles and ligaments, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, and internal bleeding. While some recreational accidents may be unforeseeable, in other cases, the negligence of one or more parties is to blame.
Determining Liability for a Recreational Accident
Drew will help you determine who may be at fault for your injuries. More than one individual or entity can be legally liable in a recreational accident. For example, in a ski collision accident, a skier could be injured due to the negligence of another skier as well as ski area personnel.
When establishing liability in a recreational accident, Drew Palcsik must be able to prove that someone owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and as a consequence of the breach, you were harmed and suffered losses.
What Happens If I Am Partially Responsible For My Accident?
Additionally, per Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 12 § 1036, if the case proceeds to trial and the court finds that you partially contributed to your injuries in any way, the judge will reduce your compensation award. If you are found to be more than 50 percent responsible for your accident, then you are unable to recover compensation for damages.
Deadline to File a Recreational Accident Personal Injury Claim
Vermont law provides a limited window of time in which you can file a claim to recover compensation from the negligent party. The Vermont statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is three years from the date the incident occurs. This deadline may be shorter in some cases. For example, ski accident injury claims have a one-year statute of limitations. If a recreational accident results in someone’s death, the victim’s family has two years from the date of death to pursue wrongful death compensation.
Contact Drew Palcsik, a Burlington Recreational Accident Attorney Today
If you were injured in a recent recreational accident because someone neglected to fulfill their duty of care, you have a legal right to compensation. A Burlington recreational accident lawyer will give you a thorough overview of your legal options and pursue the most favorable results for your case. Drew will work tirelessly on your behalf to obtain recovery of your accident damages, including pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more.