Helicopter assisted skiing or “heli skiing” is a dangerous extreme sport, where participants take a helicopter to high levels on a snow-covered mountain, to be dropped of and ski down after being let go from the helicopter. The sport has the potential to be dangerous to having fatal consequences. Many people die from this extreme sport, with studies noting from 1970 to 2016 winter seasons there were over 700 injuries and some fatalities from people skiing from a helicopter. The deaths from heli skiing are around 19 people fatally being injured per every one million skier days from the years noted in 1997 to 2016. If you are injured in a heli ski accident, you can call us at the DTLA Law Group today.
Why Is Heli Skiing So Dangerous?
People are injured or killed by heli skiing activities, because of the nature of the sport. The action of heli skiing will involve skiing or snowboarding in the remote backcountry areas of a mountain to experience snow that no one has probably skied on before. It will be a seriously risky and hazardous adventure, that can be marred with dangerous conditions, including:
- Fatal falling into crevices
- Collisions with trees and other stationery objects
Adventurous individuals and thrill seekers will jump at the chance to go heli skiing. Individuals who are dreaming of trekking on snow no one has skied on before, and traversing in back country terrain will pursue the extreme sport of heli skiing. These skiers will risk everything to be able to ski at some of the world’s most sought after locations, and they will also risk their lives for there are seriously deadly hazards and risks of death involved with the sport of heli skiing.
What Are the Typical Risks of Heli Skiing?
The typical risks of heli skiing are some of the same risks of skiing, only worse. The typical hazards that can befall heli skiers include:
- Avalanches coming off of a mountain burying a skier
- Hitting a tree well
- Going off of a cliff
- Falling into a glacier crevasse
- Hitting a buried natural obstacle
- Going into challenging travel conditions
- Experiencing an unintended fall off of a cliff
- Getting stuck in a freak blizzard
- Head injuries that lead to fatal coma
The risks of heli skiing in backcountry areas will always be there, and a heli skier will need to always weigh those risks before heading out to ski from a helicopter. Many times, there is no one on the ground to verify the safety of the conditions, before the person exits the helicopter to begin a downhill skiing run.
Why Are the Helicopter Skiing Guides Responsible for Your Safety When You Are Heli Skiing?
A helicopter skiing guide is responsible for you, if you pay the guide to take you to a heli skiing location and help you exit the helicopter – that individual is responsible to ensure your safety at all stages of your extreme sporting trip. This means that the heli skiing guide needs to understand and know how to read and identify dangerous conditions on the snow mountain that you are skiing, and you will have put your trust, albeit your life, in the hands of the heli skiing guide. If you are injured on a heli skiing extreme sporting trip, the heli skiing guide, the guide company and possibly other parties will be responsible for paying you for your losses, damages, personal injuries and other expenses related to your heli skiing accident case.
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Can I Sue for a Heli Skiing Accident?
Yes, we can sue for a heli skiing accident. You can call us to review your claim, and talk to our Los Angeles case lawyers, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf. It is easy to contact us 24/7, and review your claim with our case attorneys in Los Angeles at the DTLA Law Group at 855.339.8879 today.
Average Case Value of a Heli Skiing Accident
The average case value of a heli ski accident can range from $200,000 to $2 million, depending on your personal injuries. If you have sustained any permanent disability, paralysis or traumatic brain injury, your claim will be at the top end of the scale. If you have broken bones or have had internal injuries, advanced surgeries that need follow up therapies or other long term injuries, your future medical bills will be estimated to include in the final recovery compensation package to settle your claim. We won’t know what your final settlement and average case value for your claim will be, until we are able to sit down with you and fully discuss your claim. If that makes sense, you can call our law office today, to talk to our knowledgeable attorneys right now, about your heli ski accident case values.
How Long Does It Take to Settle and to Get Paid on These Cases?
It can take 4-7 months to settle your claim for a heli ski accident. Your final settlement will depend on the losses, personal injuries and other expenses that you have incurred related to this claim.
Statute Of Limitations – How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations in California for personal injury lawsuit filing is two years.
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