Ice skating has been popular in the UK for generations, pictures of skaters taking to the frozen River Thames in years gone by spring to mind, and more recently there are temporary rinks sprouting in winter at Somerset House and to go with Christmas markets around the country.
There is undoubtedly a lot of fun on offer but any activity that involves razor-sharp blades and solid ice is always going to have risks of impact ice skating injury to participants.
Be watchful of falls
- Brittle bone conditions such as osteoporosis are a solid reason not to go ice skating. Everybody slips, trips and falls over and with such a condition you are putting yourself at a greater risk of physical injury.
- Be aware that if you have an ear infection or some other temporary balance issue then you should avoid skating since the likelihood of falling is greater.
- When a fall does happen you should tuck your hands into the torso as soon as you make impact with the ice. Your fellow skaters will try to avoid you but those skates are extremely sharp and you don’t want to lose a finger in a skating accident.
- To avoid getting those sharp skates caught up in your clothing you should wear warm layers with no trailing belts or tassels. Wear close fitting trousers, not baggy and not as long as the ankle to avoid any falls, trips or slips.
- Given that you need to hire the skates you should take an extra pair of socks so that the fit is tight.
If you get hurt through no fault of your own, what should you do?
If you feel your injury was because of someone acting irresponsibly or because the equipment or environment was not maintained properly then you may have a claim for compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline where one of our professional and friendly experts will be able to help assess the situation. There is no obligation to continue with your claim and the legal team works on a no-win no-fee* basis, so there is nothing to lose by finding out your rights. All the paperwork is handled by the firm and most claimants never have to spend time in court.
Key factors in your compensation claim:
- The accident must have been someone else’s fault
- It should have happened in the last three years
- It resulted in a physical injury that required medical help
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if your slip, trip or fall claim is worth following up.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice