You probably already know that mountain boarding, like skiing and similar sports, involves a certain amount of personal risk, so it might be unclear as to when to file a mountain boarding accident claim. Even if you are being careful while enjoying a day of mountain boarding, there may be others who are more reckless than you. When others do not take the same precautions, accidents can occur.
The risks of mountain boarding
Bumps and bruises are commonplace among mountain boarders, and many boarders wear minor, non-serious injuries as a badge of honour. Seeing fellow boarders wipe out, then get up and go at it again is not unusual. In fact, the first few times a person goes out mountain boarding, he or she is bound to sustain some minor injuries. However, there are injuries, some of which can be life threatening, that need to be dealt with immediately in order to prevent further damage.
Mountain boarders typically sustain upper body injuries such as those to the neck, back and spinal cord, and often suffer head trauma, though injuries to the shoulders and wrists, ankles and knees are also common. These injuries usually occur during a collision with another mountain boarder. Remember, unlike skiing, the blind spot isn’t uphill – it is to the back of the mountain boarder, which means that they usually can’t see across the hill. This blind spot increases the risk of collision with other boarders that might be using the same run.
As you might already know, fractures are generally bad news. There are many different kinds of fractures, with the most common being closed or open, both of which need immediate treatment in order to prevent further injury. Common symptoms of a fracture include pain, the inability to move the injured part, deformed appearance, swelling and discoloration. If ever in doubt, treat the injury as a fracture and seek medical attention right away.
Many mountain boarders opt to minimise their risk of injury by taking measures to protect their heads, torso, back and hips. Using a body harness and shells are excellent ways to protect the body, as are wrist guards, knee guards, and helmets. Since many beginners fall quite frequently, investing in a tailbone pad is also a good idea, as are gloves and goggles.
Taking a few mountain boarding lessons before hitting the slopes is also a good idea. While both skiing and mountain boarding are done on slopes, they are very different in terms of technique; being good at one does not necessarily mean you will be good at the other. An important aspect of mountain boarding lessons is not just about staying up, it’s also about how to fall properly.
Filing a claim
If you or a loved one has been injured in a mountain boarding accident, you may want to file a claim for compensation, especially if the injuries resulted from someone else’s negligence.
If another person caused a collision or an immovable object wasn’t clearly marked, you may have a good case.
If you aren’t sure whether you should file a mountain boarding accident claim, feel free to call our Accident Advice Helpline. Our call centre is accessible 24 hours a day.
Date Published: August 19, 2014
Author: David Brown