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Westford, MA Ski Accident Leads to Fatality

A 44-year-old woman has died after she fell from a ski lift at a resort last month. Olga Filkin was riding up to a drop point on a ski slope when she fell at least twenty-two feet to the ground. She was transported to the ski resort’s first aid room where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy report shows that Filkin’s death was accidental.

U.S. ski lift operators are upheld to a high standard of care when it comes to the operation, maintenance, and use of lifts. While the majority of ski lift accidents take place while a skier is loading or unloading from a lift, falls from lifts also happen. Skier error, operator error, ski lift malfunctions, and inadequate maintenance are a few of the common causes of chair lift accidents. High winds may also cause ski lift incidents.

In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston ski lift/resort accident lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP if you or someone you love was injured in a lift accident or in another kind of accident at a ski resort. Other common causes of injuries at ski resorts and ski lodges include:

• Skier collisions involving inexperienced or reckless skiers
• Snowmobile accidents • Failure to warn of dangerous obstructions or other hazardous conditions on the premise • Failure to remedy hazardous conditions • Unsafe premises
• Defective ski equipment
Just this weekend, a 13-year-old boy died in a Westford, MA ski accident. Rajiv Paluri was skiing at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area when he ended up going off the trail and striking a tree. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Proving liability in a ski resort accident can be challenging, which is why you want to make sure you have an experienced Massachusetts ski resort attorney advocating on your behalf. Your initial case consultation with our Boston personal injury law firm is free.

13-Year-Old Massachusetts Boy Hits Tree While Skiing, Dies, Boston.com, January 17, 2015

Mother Dies After Falling From Ski Lift at New York Resort, NBC News, December 30, 2014

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