A new bill is making its way through the senate – Senate Bill 564 - seeking to require ski resorts to prepare annual safety plans including detailed information such as the resorts' safety and accident prevention activities, as well as information about all known deaths and injuries of the hill's visitors from on site accidents.
The Bill was introduced by Senator Bill Monning, D-Carmel. As similar bill was introduced in 2010 but was vetoed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
If you have been injured in a California ski accident, it is important to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer right away. Although in many situations patrons must sign a waiver before skiing (or the waiver is included on the ticket) it still may be possible to recover compensation from a hill for your injuries. For example, if the owners of the hill engage in negligent behavior, such as allowing unreasonable hazards on the hill, not adequately maintaining the runs or failing to use proper avalanche control methods, a ski hill may be held liable for injuries or wrongful deaths caused by its negligence. The resort also may be held responsible for negligent acts of its employees and for the proper use of their equipment. For example, where snowmaking equipment is operated incorrectly it may deposit snow unevenly, presenting a serious threat to unsuspecting skiers.
If the bill is successful, resorts will also be required to make copies of the safety plan and reports available upon request. The bill would protect the documentation and testimony used to prepare the reports from all civil discovery, subpoena, or other demand relating to civil procedure.
If you have been injured on a ski hill, it's important to speak to a knowledgeable San Francisco personal injury attorney to insure you get the compensation you deserve.