Ice skating can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re whizzing around chasing the puck, stick in hand, or simply enjoying a free-style skate, it can be the perfect event for parties and other social occasions.
However, it can, of course, also be potentially dangerous. Ice is an extremely unforgiving service and taking a tumble can result in serious injury, enough to put a dampener on any party atmosphere.
Asking, “Are ice rinks liable if you injure yourself?” is a question which is dependent on a few variables. Below these will be explained.
Are ice rinks liable for people who get injured whilst skating?
Getting injured whilst skating at an ice rink does not automatically mean that you are entitled to make a compensation claim. The inherently dangerous nature of the activity means that it is unrealistic and unreasonable to expect operators to be able to prevent all accidents.
However, “Are ice rinks liable for accidents caused by faulty equipment?” is a different question, and one with a different answer. Like all owners of public spaces and attractions, operators of ice skating rinks have a duty of care towards their customers and a responsibility to make the rink safe.
This includes general maintenance of both the rink itself and equipment such as skates and protective pads. It also means having sufficient staff available to spot potential hazards as they develop and deal with them quickly to minimise the risk to customers.
Because of the specific environment of an ice rink, simply putting out a warning sign is unlikely to be judged as having done enough to prevent an accident.
As well as failing to properly identify and eliminate hazards, ice rinks are also liable if a customer is injured because of an accident caused by negligence. For example, if it is discovered that the proper safety checks were not performed and skaters were allowed out on a rink that was not safe for skating and an accident occurred because of this, then the operators would be liable.
Claiming for an ice skating accident
Of course, if you do suffer a serious injury, then, “Are ice rinks liable?” is unlikely to be the first thought in your head. That said, it’s reassuring to know that experts are available to help win you the compensation you deserve.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our unique 30-second test will give you an instant answer on your eligibility for a claim. Our expert advisors are on the end of our helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice