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Accidents that result in serious injuries are not limited to motor vehicles or construction sites. People are frequently injured playing sports, using recreational vehicles, using sports equipment, and at many types of athletic facilities and resorts. At Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys help injured victims get the compensation that they deserve to make a recovery and move forward with their lives.


Our New York lawyers handle all types of recreational accident claims, including:


Some accidents may be caused by the negligent operation of a recreational vehicle. Other times, an accident may be due to an equipment failure or unsafe premises. The lawyers at Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers will thoroughly investigate all factors that may have contributed to the accident. If an equipment failure caused an accident, we might be able to file a claim against the product’s manufacturer. If unsafe conditions were to blame, we may be able to file a premises liability claim.

If you or a loved one has been hurt participating in a recreational activity call us for a free consultation. We have successfully recovered compensation for our clients for injuries suffered at resorts, even if overseas in another country.


Boating and Watercraft Accidents

Our geographic area provides many recreational opportunities for pleasure boaters to enjoy bodies of water such as the Hudson and East Rivers, New York Harbor, Long Island Sound, and the south shore of Long Island. Unfortunately, negligence often results in boating accidents that leave people seriously injured.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating or watercraft accident, it is important to seek the advice of a skilled personal injury lawyer. Schedule a free initial consultation with Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers.

We pursue total compensation for people who sustain injuries in accidents such as:

  • Boat accidents
  • Personal watercraft accidents
  • Dock and mooring accidents
  • Alcohol and drug-induced accidents

Whether the accident in question was caused by operator error, defective equipment, improper maintenance, or other negligence, we can help you obtain the total compensation you are entitled to for your damages. We bring extensive trial experience, knowledge of tort law, and willingness to be aggressive in pursuit of our client’s goals to these complex cases.

Parents who enroll their children in recreation and sports programs have a right to expect that trained instructors and staff will teach their kids the skills necessary to play a sport well and safely, that their kids will be monitored and spotted during practices, games, and meets, and that the equipment and facilities will be in good condition.

Every sport and exercise has some risk of injury, but children should not be placed at increased risk of injury due to:

  • Inadequate staffing
  • Deficient instruction of staff or participants
  • Overcrowding
  • Lack of security
  • Broken equipment
  • Unmaintained gyms, courts, or fields
  • Inadequate or incorrect signage or warnings
  • Lack of emergency medical care, equipment, or procedures

Similarly, athletes have the right to expect that the indoor and outdoor facilities will be in good repair and safe, that their equipment will function as intended, and that their helmets, masks, guards, and pads will provide them with as much protection from injury as possible, and will not cause them injury or make their injuries worse.

Swimming or diving injuries at a public or private pool

The owners of both private and public swimming pools must take certain precautions to keep people safe in and around the pool. When the owners of these pools don’t do what they need to do to prevent accidents, injuries can result. Contact us to find out if you are entitled to compensation.

Horseback riding accidents

Horseback riding always poses a risk of accidents. However, when horseback riding accidents occur because the owner of the horse or the facility was negligent, the injured party may file a successful lawsuit. We can help you determine whether your injury was the direct result of negligence so that you can hold the appropriate party responsible.

Skiing or skating accidents

Most skiing and skating accidents occur when individuals collide, and skiing area operators or skating rink owners are negligent or equipment malfunctions. Depending on the situation, these injuries can be severe. Let us help you determine who is responsible for your damages.

ATV or dirt bike accidents

ATV and dirt bike accidents don’t result in liability claims in many cases. However, suppose you or a loved one was injured on an ATV and is driven by someone else because of unsafe property conditions, manufacturing defects, or contact with another vehicle. In that case, you may be able to recover compensation.

Playground injuries

Playground injuries often occur because of unsafe equipment, poor supervision, or an unsafe environment around playground equipment. When any of these situations contribute to an injury, the owner/operator of the playground may be held financially responsible. Contact us to find out what you can do to recover compensation after a playground injury.

Cheerleading injuries

Cheerleading is a high-intensity sport that can lead to various injuries, including sprains, strains, broken bones, dislocations, muscle injuries, and more. In many cases, these injuries occur because of poor training, inexperienced coaches, unsafe cheerleading environments, or dangerous stunts performed without the proper precautions. If negligence plays a role in a cheerleading accident, the injured party may be able to bring a lawsuit against the party responsible.

Amusement park ride accidents

Amusement Park Rides are designed to provide an enjoyable experience in a safe environment. Unfortunately, poor ride construction, improper maintenance, inaccurate rider guidelines, or poor enforcement of amusement park rules can lead to accidents and injuries. Victims of amusement park accidents may be entitled to compensation from the park.

There were 1,150 injuries at amusement parks in 2014, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.   5% of those injured suffered “serious” injuries that required one overnight stay in the hospital.  The risk of injury is even higher at temporary carnival sites.  Although the U.S. Consumer Product Commission regulates how portable rides are manufactured, each ride is set up, maintained, or operated depending on state regulations.  These regulations can vary wildly, from very strict to none at all.

It will be critical to determine what insurance covers your injuries in the event of a recreational accident. At Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers, we can help you with your claim and ensure the proper parties and insurance are notified, and compensate you for your injuries.

A personal injury can be emotionally and physically devastating. Michael J. Asta, Esq. is one of New York’s leading accident attorneys with over 500 Million Dollars recovered for clients and over 30 years fighting for New Yorkers like you. You can be confident that the legal team at Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers is fully committed to winning the best possible results for our personal injury clients and their families. If you’ve been injured, call Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers at (212) 244-6555 or complete the contact form here on our website so we can help you. The consultation is free, and we work on a contingency basis meaning there is no fee until we obtain compensation on your behalf, guaranteeing you’ll never come out of pocket.

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