According to media reports, this week another child has fallen from a ski lift in Massachusetts. The seven-year-old girl was skiing at Nashoba Valley in Westford as part of an after-school program. She fell approximately 17 feet from the ski lift, but was wearing a helmet and did not lose consciousness or suffer any broken bones. There were no reported problems with the ski lift, as the girl apparently lost her balance and fell off the lift. Thankfully, the girl was released from the hospital with minimal injuries.
This is the second time within a week that a child has fallen from a ski lift in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old boy from Upton, who attended Nipmuc Regional High School, did not survive his fall to the icy ground and was pronounced dead at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester.
Skiing is an incredibly popular New England sport. Despite safety precautions, ski accidents are bound to occur. In this week’s incident at Nashoba Valley, it does not appear that the girl has any viable claim of recklessness or negligence against the ski area owner, and there has been no talk that any charges would be filed. However, if you or a loved one was injured in a ski area accident, you should contact an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer to explore the possibility of filing a claim.
Child Injured in Fall from Massachusetts Ski Lift, First Tracks!! Online Media, January 12, 2012
Girl, 7, falls from ski lift in Westford, lowellsun.com, January 11, 2012
Family, friends mourn tragic teen death, NECN.com, January 5, 2012