Sledding can be a fantastic and fun winter activity, especially for parents with children. However, sledding, just like most other activities, has a number of risks associated with it, and when conditions are dangerous or proper caution isn’t exercised, injuries may result. If you or a loved one has been injured while sledding this winter, we recommend consulting with a Boston personal injury lawyer. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to bring forth a civil claim for damages against the responsible party. Here’s what you should know–

Common Injuries from Sledding

Nationwide Children’s Hospital reminds us that sledding and tubing can be dangerous activities, and that most of the time, injuries result when one of two events occurs: a child falls off of the sled, or the sled hits a stationary object. If either event happens, the child may suffer from a number of injuries, which include scrapes, bruises, cuts, bone fractures, neck injuries, head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Staying Safe While Sledding

While injuries are definitely possible, they’re not inevitable. Most of the time, parents can take precautions that help to mitigate the risk of an accident. As suggested by KidsHealth.org, these safety tips include:

  • Use the right gear, including a safe sled that has brakes and steering, a helmet, and plenty of warm clothing.
  • Sled in a safe spot, which means a hill that’s not too steep, doesn’t have trees or ponds, and is free from bumps or rocks.
  • Make sure that an adult is present to supervise sledding children, and enforce basic safe-sledding practices, such as sitting on the sled with feet facing downhill.

Who’s Liable if Someone Gets Hurt?

If you or a loved one, such as your child, has been harmed while sledding, you may have a claim against another party. By filing a claim for damages, you can seek compensation for the extent of damages that have been suffered, including medical bills and pain and suffering.

Sledding injury claims can be complicated, in large part because there is an assumption of risk taken on the part of the plaintiff. For example, if you are injured while sledding, an insurance company will likely argue that you knew that sledding was a risky activity and that an accident was possible, and yet you engaged in the activity regardless.

That being said, it may be possible to bring a claim against another party. Potentially liable parties might include:

  • The owner of the property where the sledding occurred. If a hazard existed on the property that the property owner should have remedied or made known, and if this hazard was the cause of your sledding accident and you were on the property legally, you may have a claim against the property owner. This includes a potential claim against a municipality or government entity if your sledding accident occurred on public property.
  • The sled manufacturer. If your sledding accident and injuries are the result of a sled defect, the sled manufacturer may be held liable if you can prove that the defect was the proximate cause of your harm.
  • The responsible adult. If the sledding accident happened at school or another event (such as a winter camp) where adult supervision should have been provided and was not, you may be able to bring a claim against the responsible party.

Our Boston Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

At the law office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., our Boston personal injury lawyers are here to represent you. You can call our office today for a free consultation, or tell us more about your sledding injuries by sending us a message directly.