Going ice skating can be an enjoyable and exciting adventure. If performed correctly and under supervision, ice skating is, relatively speaking, a very safe sport. However we at Accident Advice Helpline know that accidents can happen at any place and any time. Here are some of the potential dangers of going ice skating.
Slips, trips & falls
Slipping or tripping is the single biggest cause of personal injuries. A slip or trip can result in a number of serious injuries. On an ice rink, the chances of suffering a slip or trip increase significantly. This is due to the slippery nature of the ice that is needed in order to perform a smooth glide. Falling on the hard ice could leave you with cuts and bruises or even a fracture.
Being struck by a skate
Ice skates have sharp blades on the underside of the skate which are used for cutting into the ice for maintaining balance. Being struck by a skate, perhaps from another skater that has fallen over, can leave you with serious injuries such as deep lacerations.
Although the opportunity rarely presents itself in the mild British winters, some people choose to skate outdoors on frozen lakes and ponds. This is extremely dangerous as the thin ice is prone to cracking or collapsing. This can lead to serious danger, as it creates a risk of frostbite from being submerged in icy waters and there is also a risk of drowning. This is compounded by the fact that skating outdoors in freezing temperatures requires wearing heavy winter clothing, which could weigh you down in the event of falling through the ice. Do not take the risk of skating on a frozen lake or pond.
Get in touch
If you’ve been injured whilst ice skating and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. By contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can speak in confidence with one of our highly trained, professional advisors. You won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims that may be discussed over the phone.
Why not try out our 30-second-online-test to find out just how much compensation you could be entitled to. Please note that any amounts quoted are intended as guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown