If you were recently injured at a ski resort, you may not be at fault. If your accident was caused by the resort’s unkempt skiing conditions (poor resort maintenance, debris on the slopes, hazardous conditions, etc.) you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
To receive compensation, you must file a personal injury claim against the ski resort. Claims can be tricky to file alone, so contacting a personal injury attorney is always the best first step.
However, if you’re interested in beginning the process now, you can start by writing a demand letter.
A demand letter is a formal document written by you to an insurance company explaining why you deserve compensation for an accident. They include a detailed account of the accident as well as any injuries, medical bills, and statements that support your claim.
Because these documents are referenced throughout your claim, it is vital that they are as well done as possible.
Ski Resort Accident Demand Letter
To ensure your demand letter contains all necessary information, follow the template of the sample letter below.
[Your City, State, and Zip Code]
[Name of the Claims Adjuster]
[Their Job Title]
Address of the Insurance Company]
[City, State, and Zip Code of the Insurance Company]
Re: Your Insured, [Name of the Defendant]
Claimant: [Your Full Legal Name]
Claim Number: (Only include this number if a claim number has already been assigned to you, and you have already been contacted about the matter.)
Date of Loss: [Date of Incident in which the Bus Accident Took Place]
Dear Mr./Mrs.[Name of Claims Adjuster],
In regards to the matter discussed on December 20, 2015, accept this letter as my formal demand for compensation regarding the injuries sustained due to your insured, Mt. Abram Family Resort.
My trip to Mt. Abram Family Resort ended abruptly after the accident I suffered at their resort. As addressed previously, I was snowboarding at Mt. Abram when my board snagged on loose caution netting that had been submerged in the snow. I barely avoided a larger disaster and am lucky to not have been harmed more severely than I already was. Mt. Abram Family Resort’s blatant ignorance of resort maintenance and customer safety makes them both negligent and responsible for my accident and the injuries resulting from it.
On the afternoon of November 31, 2015, I began snowboarding downhill on the second intermediate slope at Mt. Abram Family Resort. To avoid a small jump, I veered slightly to the right. However, as I was passing the jump, my board snagged on a partially-concealed strip of orange netting, yanking my board and badly twisting my ankle. I proceeded to tumble through the snow and stopped just short of hitting my head on a large rock by the trees.
After calling my husband to get help, I was carried back up to the resort and driven down the mountain to the hospital, cutting my resort trip two days short. I was taken to Central Maine Medical Center and seen by Dr. Grace Patel. After a general examination and an X-ray, I was diagnosed with a broken foot, a bruised tailbone, and severe whiplash. I was given [insert medication here] for the pain and ordered by Dr. Patel to remain off of the slopes and take two weeks off to recover.
Here are attached my medical bills, which further outline the cost of my treatment.
- Lost Resort Trip Fees: $200.00
During my two weeks of recovery, I lost $1,800.00 of salary pay. It is for these injuries and lost wages caused by the blatant negligence of Mt. Abram Family Resort that I am demanding compensation in the amount of $5,000.
I hope to receive a timely response in no later than 30 days from the date of this correspondence.
[Your Name – printed]
When demanding compensation, always request an amount higher than the cost of bills and lost wages. This helps ensure you get fair compensation later in the negotiation process.
Seeking Advice from an Attorney
When filing personal injury claims, there is no better advantage than speaking with a personal injury attorney. Their legal advice, negotiation skills, and knowledge of the process can make all the difference in getting you the compensation you deserve.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Mt Abram Family Resort, you may not be entitled to any compensation.