If you have ever been skiing you will know that you traditionally take a chairlift to get you to the top of the ski runs. You are then free to ski down the mountain to reach the bottom. In one day you might end up using a chairlift several times, enjoying the view as you move up the mountain.
While the vast majority of chairlifts are safe to use, having been maintained on a regular basis, there are occasions when accidents can potentially happen. It is these instances where a faulty chairlift can sometimes be found to be the cause. In situations where this is the case, an injured skier could potentially have a chance to lodge a compensation claim.
What is the potential danger involved with a faulty chairlift?
When a fault does occur it is sometimes not discovered until the chairlift is in operation. This means people might be using it when an incident occurs. In this situation it is quite possible for someone to fall from the lift onto the snow below.
Since a fall of this nature could be from quite a distance, there is the potential for injuries – sometimes potentially serious injuries – to be incurred by the person who falls. This might be particularly true if they fall onto rocks or another hard surface, or fall some distance to the ground.
Accident Advice Helpline has handled some cases that have occurred in similar circumstances. The facts behind the case are important to note since they could potentially back up a claim for compensation if negligence on the part of the lift operator is found to be the cause. A faulty chairlift can be very dangerous indeed if people are using it at the time, with multiple injuries to several people a possibility.
Enjoying the skiing life
Of course it is important to note that ski resorts in the UK and abroad are typically exceptionally safe. However, if you were to suffer an accident of this kind, either in the UK or as part of a package holiday abroad, it is a good idea to get professional legal advice.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide this advice for you now. Call us on 0800 689 0500 to learn how we might help. We may soon be able to put you in touch with a professional injury compensation lawyer to see whether a claim could be possible.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen