Ski lifts are in use at every ski resort. They provide a way to get to the top of the mountain without having to walk or climb up there on your own. You can also get a great view as you go up the mountain on the lift.
Most of the time you will sit in a chair with your legs and skis dangling below you. Once you get to the top of the slope you jump off and ski out of the way to allow the chair to go back down empty for someone else to use.
Ski lift injury compensation is quite a rarity, but it is occasionally paid to people who have suffered injuries through using a ski lift. For this to be a possibility, you must be able to prove the ski lift was not fit for purpose. For example there might be a mechanism involved that did not work as it should have done.
Examples of what could potentially go wrong
Lots of things could go wrong, but very few ever actually will. For example the maintenance on most ski lifts is second to none. Any problems will be spotted during the maintenance process and the right actions will be taken to ensure no one is in any danger.
However if something did go wrong, someone might fall from the ski lift. They might catch their fingers in the mechanism and receive severe injuries from that. If the ski lift seat doesn’t hold properly, it could break free from the rest of the lift. Such things are rare but the potential is occasionally there.
What should you do?
In any accident involving a ski lift, it is good to seek medical advice if you have been injured, even if your injuries are minor. This can help with any ski lift injury compensation claim you might decide to make. Additionally, getting witness statements and information might help you build a case if you have the right support.
It is definitely a good idea to call Accident Advice Helpline too. A quick call to our free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 means you can find out whether you have an opportunity to get some compensation for what happened to you. Your holiday may have been ruined, and you may be struggling with injuries as well. Why not learn more?
Date Published: October 25, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead