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Blizzard of 2016 opens door to recreational sledding accidents

Now that the Blizzard of 2016 has passed through Pennsylvania, leaving more than two feet of snow in its wake, many kids will likely want to break out the sleds and inner tubes and take to the slopes. Unfortunately, some of those same children will likely be injured or even killed while taking advantage of the ideal winter sledding conditions. When those injuries result from negligence on the part of property owners who should have taken steps to protect anyone sledding from preventable harm, the injured person or his or her family may sue for damages. 

The injuries a person can sustain from a sledding accident can be severe, including fractures, bruises, lacerations, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. In severe cases, these injuries can lead to significant medical expenses from hospital stays, emergency care and other potentially long-term treatments. Without committed and knowledgeable legal representation, these treatments could needlessly lead to financial disaster for the families involved. 

If you or someone you know has been injured in a sledding accident, please call us at 610.625.2100. We may be able to help. 

There are ways that parks, school districts and other entities that own properties where children sled can take steps to ensure the safety of sledders. Putting up signs where hazards exist is one way. Putting up barriers to protect sledders from natural ground contours that might lead them into harm's way (a tree or other structure) is another way. Constructing sledding runs that point away from roads and prohibiting sledding on runs that point toward roads could also potentially prevent harm. In some cases, property owners may consider prohibiting sledding on a particular hill altogether. 

Certainly there are steps that sledders themselves can take to help ensure their own safety. For example, not using flying saucers, inner tubes and other sleds that rotate, making it hard for the rider to control (or even see) their direction could reduce riders' risk of collision with other sledders or obstacles should the sled veer off course. Refraining from sledding behind motorized vehicles can also prevent accidents. 

But there are hazards that property owners have a duty to warn visitors about, and when property owners fail in that duty, it should come as no surprise when a personal injury lawsuit is not far behind. If you or someone you love has been injured in a sledding accident because of the negligence of a property owner, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. 

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