Recreational Accident Lawyer

Vermont is known for its recreational and outdoor activities from boating in the summer to skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Of course, with many of these activities comes a certain level of risk.

If you have suffered an injury in a recreational accident due to someone else’s negligence, you don’t have to deal with your injuries alone. Hiring an experienced recreational accident attorney to help you file your personal injury claim is the best way to work towards receiving the compensation you need to recover.

At Champlain Valley Law, we will work with you to investigate your accident then assemble your legal claim to maximize your compensation and recovery.

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It is my privilege to recommend Drew Palcsik. He is very personable, an attentive listener and quickly gains trust. He has superior knowledge of the law and will benefit anyone seeking his assistance.

~ Lisa D.

Bicycle Accidents

Burlington is fortunate to have wonderful cycling access. Trails provide great delight to adults, children, commuters, and tourists alike. Though some paths are friendly to cyclists of all ability levels, others are simply bike lanes alongside traffic, and the sad truth is that cycling in the vicinity of auto traffic can result in serious accidents and grave injuries.

If someone causes you to be in an accident on your bike due to their negligence, that person is responsible for all of your bike crash injuries, as well as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

While an insurance claim is often the first step after an accident, insurance companies don’t like to pay money, and they often will pay only what they can get away with. An experienced bike accident lawyer can craft a settlement proposal that reflects your claim’s full and true value. That is why it is so imperative to find an injury law firm that works with you to get your claim together and get you on the road to recovery quickly.

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Vermont Ski and Snowmobile Accidents

While downhill or alpine skiing is a highly enjoyable and popular winter sport across Vermont, accidents on the slopes can result in catastrophic personal injuries.

Liability for ski injuries can sometimes be very difficult to prove, but an experienced recreational accident lawyer will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve from all parties responsible for your accident.

If you are injured at a ski area, and your injury is due to the careless or negligent behavior of another skier, or the ski area itself, you are entitled to be fairly compensated. These negligent parties could include:
  • Aggressive or careless fellow skiers
  • Improperly trained personnel
  • Inadequately maintained slopes
  • Defective ski equipment

It’s important to note that no ski area, owners, employees, or agents can be held responsible for damages when people ski outside of the designated ski trails.

For skiing injury claims filed with Burlington courts, injured parties have one year from the cause of action date to start a civil claim. An experienced ski injury attorney can help you get started as soon as possible.

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Burlington Boating Accidents

Boating on one of the many navigable lakes, ponds, rivers, or streams, is one way to make the most of Vermont’s short summers. But a boating accident can ruin a day out, an entire summer, and in some cases, can impact the rest of a person’s life.

23 Vermont Statutes § 3305 requires anyone who operates a boat and was born after Jan. 1, 1974, to complete a course on boating safety and obtain a certificate of boating education. The operator must have that certificate available when boating and must show it to any enforcement officer who requests to see it.

Failure to obey all boating laws and regulations can lead to harsh results because Vermont assesses damages on the theory of modified comparative negligence. This means that a person injured in an accident could not collect all of their damages if they were partially responsible.

For example, if two boats collide and one operator is drunk and the other is traveling over the speed limit, it will be up to a jury to decide which operator was most responsible for the collision. If the speeder is found to be 40 percent responsible and the drunk boater was 60 percent responsible, the speeder may collect damages. However, the award will be 40 percent less than it otherwise would have been.

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Contact Champlain Valley Law Today

If you’ve suffered from one of these types of accidents, you don’t have to deal with the next steps alone. At Champlain Valley Law, we know what a recreational accident investigation requires and how to work with you to get you the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation and let’s get started on your case together.
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