Winter is still here, and many Hoosier children are dreaming of another
perfect Indiana snowfall. And when it arrives, families and children of
all ages are sure to head outside to the nearest hill and release that
cabin fever energy. Unfortunately, this carefree winter activity can end
tragically for the twenty thousand children who are seriously injured,
even paralyzed, due to accidents involving a sled each year. The largest
percentage of these accident victims are between the ages of ten and fourteen,
and nearly 60 percent are boys. The greatest contributors to these accidents
are speed and unsafe conditions, including objects hidden by snow, as
well as trees and roadways. When one of these tragedies occurs, lives
are changed forever. Some sledding accident survivors are left with extensive
surgery recoveries, therapy, and the need for life-long support. Depending
on the details of their accidents, a property owner or even the city may
be liable for those injuries.
Any property owner who runs a recreational area like a winter sled hill
will need to take several precautions to protect themselves from lawsuits
and other damages. Ideally, all sledders should sign an agreement that
effectively waives all liability from the property owner. Waivers can
be extremely difficult to obtain, but they are absolutely the best way
to protect against lawsuits and claims of negligence.
Over the years, some Indiana cities have moved to ban sledding or to severely
limit approved locations for sledding within their confines. Though sledding
is not banned in the city, Indianapolis provides a list of
approved sledding locations. In addition to choosing the safest route, there are several other precautions
that can be taken to increase your child’s safety levels while riding
downhill in the snow.
Wagner Reese is an Indianapolis-based personal injury law firm with years of experience,
and we may be able to help you recoup costs for hospitalization and ongoing
medical services. We don’t collect payment unless you collect payment.
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