Skating, by its nature, involves falling over from time to time and this may result in minor injuries which can usually be laughed off as part of the fun. However, what happens if your injury is more serious, requiring hospital treatment and even time off work? Suddenly that fun day out does not seem such a good idea after all, but rather an expensive mistake, thats when you may need to make an ice rink injury claim.
Ice rinks have rules about how skaters must behave while on the ice. They may also contain statements which say that members of the public use the facility at their own risk and that the management does not accept any responsibility for losses or injuries. It may therefore, appear that the venue’s owners and management have pre-empted any possibility of making a claim; however, this is not necessarily true. The owner of an ice rink is also covered by UK Health and Safety legislation, the same regulations that cover workplaces. They must take reasonable care to ensure that members of the public can use the facility in a way that is safe and minimises the risk of accidents. Defects in equipment, poor maintenance, or failing to provide adequate training or instruction may all result in personal injury claims against the venue’s owner.
Contact us to make an ice rink injury claim
Of course there is the expectation that individuals will have due regard for their own safety, but, if you feel you suffered an injury at an ice rink that was not your fault, then talk to Accident Advice Helpline. This highly reputable law firm employs experienced solicitors who have dealt with hundreds of similar claims and will not only be able to advise you on whether your claim is likely to be successful or not, but, also how much compensation you may receive. Of course the amount of compensation varies from case to case and is largely dependent on the severity of the injuries suffered, so this can only ever be a rough estimate. If you have had to take time off work or travel for medical reasons, such as visits to a physiotherapist, you may also be able to reclaim these expenses.
Evidence for an ice rink injury claim
For any personal injury claim to be successful the onus is on you to prove that the organisation or individual working for that organisation had a duty of care, which was breached and directly resulted in you sustaining injuries. In order to establish this, it is helpful to have witness statements, photographs of the site of the incident and to record what happened and when.
Proving liability in slips and falls can be difficult. Owners of ice rinks are only obliged to take reasonable steps to ensure safety and are obviously unable to prevent accidental slips or falls. However, if it can be shown that a hazard was present, which the owner or management of the venue was aware of, but chose to ignore, then you may have a strong case for making a personal injury claim against them.
Date Published: May 28, 2014
Author: David Brown