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Chairlift Accident Injures 14 Riders

Posted By Houston Personal Injury Attorney || 11-Jan-2011

 

A ski lift accident at Devil's Head resort near the Town of Merrimac, Wisconsin recently left several riders injured.  

The chair lift, which was reportedly full of passengers, allegedly stopped and began going backward at a high rate of speed. Some riders jumped off their seats, sustaining injuries and requiring emergency crews.

Local hospital staff reportedly treated 14 people for injuries in connection with the incident, with two seriously injured enough to be kept overnight for observation, including one with an ankle fracture.

State safety regulations require all ski chair lifts to be inspected at least once a year. The lifts at Devil's Head had been inspected just the month before, with no issues reported. Reports say experts feel the several layers of braking systems-required by state regulations - should prevent rollbacks, and that particular system at Cascade Mountain had never had a brake failure.

When accidents like this chairlift incident occur, knowing your rights is important. The Doan Law Firm P.C. has lengthy experience with accidental injury litigation and can give advice on number of facets of your experience. Contact the Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan, at 1 Riverway, Suite 2055, Houston, Texas 77056, (713) 869-4747 or (800) 910-FIRM.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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