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Hiker Killed in Fall Accident

It seems like people are more interested in doing outdoor adventure type activities these days than they have been in recent decades. One of the more popular activities that allows people to get outside, see some beautiful scenery and get some exercise at the same time is hiking.   While some people will just go for local hikes, others will travel to famous recreation areas to engage in more challenging hikes.

stump-1538702According to a recent news feature from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a man was just killed after falling while hiking at Red Rock Canyon.  He is said to have fallen off the trail when he was more than 160 off the ground.  He was 31 years old at the time of his death.  As soon as he fell of the cliff, search and rescue workers were called to the scene, but there was nothing they could after he fell around 16 stories, but they were able to locate his body using the assistance of a police helicopter, and his body was in fact recovered.   The police do not suspect foul play was involved as of this time, but they are conducting a full investigation to see if they can determine why he fell off the elevated hiking trial.

While there is no question that hiking alongside what is essentially a 16 to 20 story cliff posses some danger of falling, it is not known whether these types of accidents are common. If you or a family member are injured while engaged in an activity like hiking, there are several factors about which you will have speak with your experienced Boston personal injury attorney to see if you have a valid claim.

The first thing you will have to do is determine if there was some type of dangerous condition that caused the accident.  If it is determined that there was a dangerous condition, the next question would be whether there was some company or agency responsible for the upkeep or condition to the land or attraction.  This is more likely if you had to pay an admission fee to enter the area where you went hiking or engaged in the activity.  Also, it will be important to determine if you relied on any kind of instruction or guide while you were there.  In these cases, the guide may be responsible for warning a customer of some type of dangerous condition or other hazard about which they are aware.

It will also be important to investigate whether any equipment an accident victim was wearing or otherwise using was at least in some part responsible for the accident and the personal injury suffered.

Aside from these types of issues, another thing that is very helpful to establish a valid claim for a full and appropriate recovery for your loss is to make sure you report the accident and that an injury report is created.  You should also make sure you seek immediate medical attention for any injuries.  This will not only make sure you get the treatment you need, but it will also create a record that your attorney can use when he or she is handling your personal injury claim.

If you are injured in an accident in Boston, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment — 1-888-367-2900.

Additional Resources:

Hiker who died after fall at Red Rock Canyon identified, August 26, 2016, By Jessica Terrones, Las Vegas Record-Journal

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