Having suffered an injury at an ice rink, why not call Accident Advice Helpline and ask ‘Can I claim for an injury at an ice rink?’. This well-respected law firm employs a team of experienced solicitors who will be happy to discuss your case. In addition to operating on a no win no fee* basis, you will be told approximately how much you can expect to receive in compensation and what information you will need to provide.
Ice skating rinks are popular with families and individuals alike, even people who would not normally consider themselves to be particularly active can often be encouraged onto the ice. There is little doubt that physical activity is good for the heart and doing something which is both fun and good for us is a big attraction. Unfortunately, whilst ice rinks can make for a great day out, they are also places where accidents occur, some of which may be serious.
All sports carry a certain element of risk, some more than others, but although the law does recognise this risk it does not mean the organisers of an event, or the owners of a sports facility, are exempt from complying with health and safety regulations. They have a responsibility to ensure that people who visit their facilities are able to enjoy their sport without exposing themselves to unnecessary risk of injury. Just as with workplaces, the owners of sports facilities must do everything reasonable to minimise the risk of injury to their staff, members of the public and any contractors who are working on the premises.
If you have suffered an injury at an ice rink and you believe it was caused by the negligence of an individual or organisation, then the answer to the question, ‘can I claim for injury at an ice rink?’, is yes.
Accident Advice Helpline solicitors are here to help you with your claim, but in order for it to be successful you must be able to prove that your injury was the result of another’s negligence. Taking witness statements, photographs (if they indicate poor maintenance for example) and recording the details of your accident, will all help to reinforce the validity of your claim. It is also essential that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the incident and that you obtain a medical report.
Claims may be made for a variety of reasons, including defective equipment; inadequate training, instruction, or supervision; poor maintenance of the ice rink; and lack of care, such as allowing the ice rink to become too crowded, or failing to curb dangerous or reckless behaviour on the ice.
Some ice rinks may have signs saying that individuals skate at their own risk and that the management is not responsible for any injuries or losses that occur. This may lead you to believe that you cannot claim for an injury. However, whilst it is true that all individuals should obey the rules set by the venue, it does not exempt the operator from complying with health and safety regulations.
Date Published: May 28, 2014
Author: David Brown