Recreational Sports Injuries


Buffalo Recreational Sports Injury Lawyer

Skiing, Biking, Boating,  and Youth Sports Injuries

Most people love to get outside to play. Unfortunately, just like driving a car, outdoor activities carry a certain amount of risk. That said, it may be another person’s negligence while running, walking, biking, boating or skiing that causes an injury. If that happens, you may need an attorney to help you recover fair compensation. You may be entitled to money damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses.

Attorney Craig Z. Small has practiced personal injury law since 1994, and his record is consistently successful. At the Small Law Firm, we provide personal, attentive service to clients who have suffered recreational sports injuries. Attorney Craig Small works one-on-one with injury victims, developing a relationship based on mutual respect and trust.

Contact us online for a free consultation or call us at 716.847-2600.

An Attorney With Athletic and Outdoor Experience

Mr. Small is a sports and outdoor enthusiast. He is a two-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher, and a finisher of many marathons, including the New York City Marathon (2x), Marine Corps Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, and Buffalo Marathon.

He was a two-sport varsity athlete in high school, and played football  in college.  Craig is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America and former Eagle Scout having resigned the rank in protest of the Boy Scouts policy that excludes gay boy scouts and leaders.

He has vast experience sailing, snow-skiing, bicycling, playing tennis, and coaching youth sports.

As an active participant in athletics and outdoor activities, Craig Small is the perfect advocate for your case. He represents clients who have been injured in a variety of recreational accidents:

  • Boat accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Ski accident
  • Sailing Accidents
  • ATV Accidents
  • Jet Ski Accident
  • Snowmobile Accidents
  • Rock Climbing Accidents
  • Mountain Bike Accidents


Buffalo Ski Resort Negligence Lawyer

Our firm represents those injured in snow-skiing accidents. We represent skiers who have suffered skiing injuries at various ski resorts throughout New York.

Although skiers may assume certain risks associated with skiing, a ski resort or fellow skier may still be responsible for an injury. A resort may be responsible if it has unreasonably enhanced a particular risk, acted recklessly, or created an unknown or unexpected danger.

A fellow skier may be liable for skiing negligently or out-of-control. Of course, such collisions or ski accidents can result in serious injuries including fractures, head and neck injuries, and occasionally death. Our firm can help you should the need arise.

The Small Law Firm represents both skiers and snowboarders who have been injured in ski accidents, lift accidents, and other accidents on the slopes.

Buffalo is in close proximity to several popular ski resorts, including Holiday Valley, Holimont, and Kissing Bridge. If you or someone you know has been injured at one of these or any other ski resort in the state of New York, we can explain your legal rights and options.

To schedule a free initial consultation regarding a New York snow-skiing accident, call 716.847-2600 or contact us online.

The Responsibility of Ski Resorts

Generally, ski resorts are responsible for maintaining a safe skiing area, marking potentially dangerous areas to warn skiers. Ski resorts are not responsible for natural hazards, but rather those they create themselves.

Ski resorts are not responsible for each and every fallen branch or rock that happens to be on a ski slope. However, if a ski resort fails to correct or fix a condition that is of obvious risk to skiers, they may hold responsibility for accidents that result.

The Responsibility of Skiers

Skiers have a personal responsibility to ski safely and under control, be aware of other skiers, and be aware of the conditions of the ski area. Skiers assume risk for potential dangers associated with an outdoor ski area, including ice, rocks, branches, stumps, and trees.

It is also the responsibility of the skier to avoid collisions with other skiers. Generally, the skier higher on the slope is responsible for avoiding collisions with skiers further down the hill.

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If you have been injured on the ski slopes or on a ski lift, we can analyze your case and explain your legal options. Contact our law office.

Boating Accidents

Attorney Craig Small represents people who have been injured in boating accidents on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, in the Niagara River, and on other lakes and rivers in the area. We handle cases in which our clients were injured by drunk boaters, underage boaters, and inexperienced boaters. We also represent Jet Skiers who have been hit by a boat or otherwise injured in a boating accident.

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Attorney Craig Small works directly with clients during every step of their recreational sports injury case. Your legal matters won’t be passed off to the next associate down the hall, because Mr. Small is a sole practitioner. He will learn your story and fight hard to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have suffered a recreational sports injury in a boating accident, skiing accident, bike accident, or other negligence accident, call Craig Small. Contact us online or call 716.847-2600 for a free initial consultation.