Skiing injuries are under-reported by the skiing industry. According to news reports, the ski industry widely under-reports the frequency of injuries that occur on the nation’s ski slopes. A key factor in under-reporting is the fact that the ski industry self-reports and self-regulates.
Unlike accidents on our highways, waterways, and theme parks, there is no system for independently tracking accidents at ski resorts, despite the fact that in the West, most resorts are on federal land.
The ski industry reports injury numbers through the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). The NSAA reports that during the 2016-17 season, there were 33 catastrophic injuries that occurred at U.S. ski areas during the 2016-17 season – which is significantly below the ski industry’s 10-year average of 48 catastrophic injuries occurring at ski areas in the United States, and the lowest catastrophic injury rate in the last 10 years. Catastrophic injuries include forms of paralysis, broken necks, broken backs, and life-altering severe head injuries.
In the same year, there were 44 skier and snowboarder fatalities that occurred at U.S. ski areas, compared to the 39 that occurred during the 2015-16 season. NSAA also reports that were 33 catastrophic injuries to guests during the 2016-17 season, which is well below the industry’s 10-year average of 48 catastrophic injuries per season (for more detailed information, see NSAA’s Catastrophic Injuries Fact Sheet at http://www.nsaa.org/press/industry-stats).
Jim is interviewed about a case involving a skiing collision, which resulted in career-ending injuries suffered by Jim’s client, a successful dentist. Topics covered include how a collision can devastate an innocent victim, how to work up a case, and how to help the victim obtain enough money to live on for life.