In February 2013, a group of skiers fell 20ft (6m) from a ski lift, whilst others were left stranded for over an hour when a connecting mechanism on a ski chair-lift failed. During the accident at Lecht Ski Centre in Aberdeenshire, the chairs came off the ski-lift cables. The Health and Safety Executive carried out an investigation into the incident which revealed the chair-lift had been properly maintained and inspected prior to the accident.
A statement from the Health and Safety Executive said, “Based on current evidence, it is not Health and Safety Executive’s intention to recommend further action to the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service.” This news has left the owner of the Lecht Ski Centre delighted. Additional safety measures have now been put in place at the ski centre but what caused the accident remains a mystery.
If you’ve been injured in an accident whilst skiing, you’ll need to determine that negligence occurred if you want to make a claim for personal injury compensation. In the story above, the ski centre met health and safety regulations and maintained and serviced their equipment properly, so they are not being held liable for the accident.
Who’s to blame for your accident?
It can be tempting to jump to assumptions about who is to blame, if you’re involved in an accident of any kind. If somebody else is really to blame for your accident and subsequent injury, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. Contact a personal injury lawyer, who will be able to determine whether blame lies with a third party. Here are a few examples of what could constitute negligence, if for example, you’re injured at a ski centre:
- Failure to maintain or inspect equipment
- Failure to supervise lessons/classes properly
- Providing faulty equipment
- Failure to put safety procedures such as first aid procedures in place
If you have been injured and somebody else is to blame, your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings and the cost of any medical treatment will normally be taken into account when you make a claim for compensation.
Could you claim compensation?
In order to find out if you’re eligible to claim compensation, you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we can normally tell you then and there whether you have a viable claim. It’s free to call our 24/7 helpline and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice; we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have about the claims process.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: September 16, 2014
Author: David Brown