Ice skating is a very popular hobby, and a great family-friendly activity. Unfortunately, it can also be very dangerous. Ice is obviously a very slippery surface, and it’s easy for even the most experienced skaters to lose their balance and take a tumble. Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent accidents at an ice rink, but if you’ve been injured, and you weren’t to blame, you could have a case to claim personal injury compensation.
The most common accidents at an ice rink
When you go ice skating, you have to accept that there’s an element of danger involved. The nature of the sport means that there is a high risk of injury, especially if you’re a novice or you’re keen to take risks on the ice. The most common types of accidents at an ice rink include:
- Falls on the ice
- Slips and trips getting off the ice
- Collisions with other skaters
Examples of injuries that may be caused by skating accidents include:
- Knee injuries
- Head injuries, such as concussion
- Sprains and strains (most commonly the wrists and ankles)
- Fractured collarbone
- Cuts and grazes
Who is to blame for my skating accident?
Every person who steps onto an ice rink should be aware of the dangers involved. There’s an element of risk involved, even if you’ve been skating for a long time or you’re moving very slowly. Slips, trips and falls are very common. In most cases, they result from a loss of control or balance or a crash with another skater. In some cases, other people may be to blame for your ice skating accident. If you’ve been injured as a result of using faulty skates, for example, or the surface was unsafe, the firm in charge of running the skating rink would be liable for any injuries sustained. All operators should comply with safety procedures in order to reduce the risk of injuries.
If you believe that you were injured as a result of negligence on the part of an individual or a company, you have the right to claim compensation. If you want to find out more about making a claim for an ice skating accident, call Accident Advice Helpline. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure your ice skating accident claim is successful. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice