It is quite rare that you read a story about one or more people incurring chairlift injuries as a result of an accident that happens on a lift at a ski resort. These lifts are exceptionally well-maintained and this takes place on a regular basis. They are checked to ensure they are working properly before skiers are allowed to use them, and it is very rare indeed that something goes wrong when skiers are in the air.
Chairlift injuries can range from quite minor incidents such as cuts and bruises to far more serious things. One teenager suffered two broken bones in his back when he fell from a ski lift from a height of about 30 feet. Another recent incident saw a chairlift malfunction in Maine, America where seven people were injured. Their injuries were not thought to be severe. There are cases where negligence has been confirmed to be behind incidents such as these, and in this case a compensation claim could have a chance of succeeding.
How common are chairlift injuries?
They are very uncommon, which is good news. However when they do occur they can be nasty as people have the potential to fall from quite a height. They take skiers up the mountain so they can ski down again, and there is the potential for a fall to be quite serious in these circumstances.
Clearly when something like this happens it is a good idea to ascertain the facts. By finding out whether the chairlift was safe to use and whether any potential problems had been discovered, it is possible to determine whether a compensation claim could be paid to anyone who has suffered injuries of some kind.
Taking the right course of action
If something like this happens to you, it is important to make sure you get proper medical treatment, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe. Shock can prevent you from feeling pain as you normally would, and as such it is wise to get checked out.
This can also provide evidence of your injuries that could later help you launch a no win, no fee* compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline may be able to put you in contact with a professional injury compensation lawyer, but first call 0800 689 0500 to learn more. We are here to take your call for free.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Faulty product claims