If I am the “hitter” in a skier/skier collision with no malicious intentnt, am I liable if they seek any money?

Asked on August 12, 2015 under Personal Injury, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If you were skiing negligently, or unreasonably carelessly, you can be liable for any injuries (for proven costs, like medical costs, losses, and/or, with serious injuries, for "pain and suffering"). In a civil case, malicious intent is not necessary to find someone liable--it is negligence or carelessness which usually determines liability. So if you were skiing wildly, or were on a slope too difficult for your abilities (so you could not stay in control), or were intoxicated, etc., you could be liable despite not having malicious intent.

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