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What You Should Know About Winter Sports Injuries in Nevada

Posted on September 13, 2016
What You Should Know About Winter Sports Injuries in Nevada

As the winter weather begins its approach, the number of sports-related injuries is expected to climb. Residents will soon begin flocking to ice skating rinks, hitting the ski slopes, and participating in other winter activities throughout the season. For some, winter fun will be frozen by serious injuries.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC) approximately 290,000 individuals sought treatment for winter sports-related injuries at doctors’ offices, emergency clinics and hospitals in 2014 alone. While some injuries were minor and required little medical intervention, many were so severe that people suffered significant pain, loss of use, and other side effects for months after the incident. Some victims never recovered.

Reducing the Risk for Winter Sports-Related Injuries

There are a number of steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of becoming seriously injured while participating in winter sports.

  • Protective Gear: Individuals should always use protective gear that is recommended for the activity. Helmets are a good example. Approximately 23,500 individuals suffer head injuries from participating in winter sports each year. Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of disability and fatality for children and young adults.
  • Condition of Equipment: Sleds, skis, skates and other equipment used should be inspected before each use to ensure safety and functionality.
  • Surroundings: When possible, surroundings should be checked thoroughly before engaging in winter sports. More or less snowfall can cause sharp rocks, branches and other debris to shift or become exposed. Warmer temperatures can result in thin ice that is unsafe. Sledding areas may be affected by parked cars, traffic, or other obstacles.

Winter Sports Accident Statistics

The CSPC has compiles some statistics to help individuals understand the prevalence of injuries related to winter sports activities. In 2014:

  • Snow skiing resulted in approximately 114,000 injuries that required medical treatment.
  • Snowboarding followed with about 79,000 serious injuries.
  • There were 47,000 injuries due to ice skating.
  • An estimated 52,000 injuries occurred while snow tubing, sledding and tobogganing.

Who is Liable for Winter Sports Injuries in Nevada?

In some cases, the liable party in a winter sports accident is very clear (getting hit by a car, intentional harm by another, etc). In many situations, determining the at fault party is more complex. Ski resorts in Nevada, for example are protected from being held liable for sports injuries resulting from “inherent risk” activity. They can be held liable, however, for accidents caused from faulty equipment, negligence, and improper lift operation/ maintenance.