Skiing, diving, and other sports holiday makers are likely to indulge in, are activities that carry a certain risk, and most people accept that. There are, however, times when someone is injured whilst skiing abroad because of someone else’s error or negligence.
Injured whilst skiing abroad
In addition to potentially dangerous errors by other skiers, a skiing injury could, for example, be caused by a skiing instructor not giving clear instructions or failing to warn skiers under his care of potential dangers. Ski lifts or equipment used by skiers may be faulty, or the piste may have issues like debris, for instance, which piste management should have dealt with, but didn’t. There is obviously also the risk of slips, trips and falls at the ski resort or hotel.
Variation in laws
While people are generally covered by travel insurance and travel companies do have a legal duty to protect travellers against accidents on holiday, being injured whilst skiing abroad does raise some potential problems. Laws concerning health and safety can vary significantly between countries. What would be regarded as unlawful in the UK could, for instance, be perfectly normal and acceptable elsewhere.
To make matters worse, liaison between foreign countries’ legal teams can also be very time consuming and complex, and solicitors have to be well versed in the finer points of different countries’ laws. This does not, however, mean that it is impossible to claim for compensation if you were injured whilst skiing abroad.
If your holiday was booked with a British travel company, the responsible company has an obligation to protect you under British law. In other words, slips, trips or falls, injuries while skiing or other personal injuries while travelling, participating in activities or at your accommodation all form part of their responsibility.
Making a claim
Basically, if you sustained a slip, trip or fall or other injury on holiday over the past 36 months and have the ability to prove that your accident was caused by someone else, you could qualify for travel accident compensation.
If you are unsure whether or not you are eligible to claim or need an experienced solicitor to represent you, fill in our compensation calculator or discuss your case with a friendly advisor. Our freephone helpline is open 24 hours a day. The number, when calling from a landline phone is 0800 689 0500. Should you be calling from a mobile phone, you should dial 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown