Whether you spend your winters skiing in Switzerland or France, or prefer taking the family to dry ski slopes in the UK, skiing is a fun sport for the whole family to get involved in. However, as with any winter sport, there is the risk of being injured in an accident, and skiing accident claims are more common than you might think. The question, when one does occur, is how it happened and who was at fault. Skiing accident claims can only be lodged if there is negligence involved via a third party.
Being prepared helps to avoid risks
Preparing effectively for your ski trip is essential if you want to reduce the risk of accidents. This means things like checking your equipment, to make sure it is safe to use, packing safety equipment such as goggles and helmets and making sure that you are experienced enough for the slopes you are planning on skiing on.
Many people are injured because they failed to wear a helmet, wore ill-fitting skis, or tackled a slope that was far too advanced for them. These scenarios would likely not lead to claims being made, unless a third party provided the wrong skis for hire, or provided a helmet that was not fit for purpose. A similar situation would be if an instructor knew you were a novice and sent you off down a slope that was far too advanced for you to complete safely.
How might a skiing accident occur?
If you’re wondering how you could become involved in a skiing accident, well, it’s easy really. Lots of things can go wrong, although of course, it doesn’t mean they will. We should point out most people enjoy a lovely skiing holiday or break each year, and come home without any injuries, much less those caused by a third party.
However, you may be injured by using faulty equipment, or you could suffer injuries after skiing down a slope too advanced and steep for your abilities. Even using the ski equipment provided, such as ski lifts or other facilities, could potentially lead to injuries occurring if that equipment was not suitable, or fit for purpose, or was not maintained as it should have been.
As you can see, there are situations whereby you might be caught up in a skiing accident, despite your best efforts for this not to happen. If you believe you were not at fault and someone else was, you have every right to learn more about skiing accident claims in case this might apply to you.
What skiing injuries have you suffered?
Injuries you could sustain from a skiing accident can range from minor injuries such as cuts and bruises through to serious, life-changing injuries. Here are a few examples of the most common injuries that Accident Advice Helpline has handled personal injury claims for:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated shoulders
- Serious head injuries including skull fractures and brain injuries
- Facial fractures such as a fractured eye socket or cheekbone
- Eye injuries
- Loss of teeth
- Strains and sprains
- Back injuries including serious injuries to the spine
- Crushed fingers
- Knee injuries
Treatment for injuries sustained from a skiing accident can also vary depending on the severity of the injuries. However, in order to be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you must have sought medical attention for your injuries and your accident must be somebody else’s fault. If you can fulfil these two important criteria, chances are you have the elements required to be able to make a claim. We can, of course, help you find out more when you call us.
Two vital reasons to seek medical attention
We have all heard of people who suffered a bang to the head, thought they were fine, and later fell very ill because they had a blood clot on the brain, or a similar devastating injury. If you lose consciousness during a skiing accident, always make sure you seek medical advice immediately.
Yet even other injuries should be treated – not only because it means you can determine the nature of those injuries and get proper treatment, but also because it proves those injuries exist. Without this evidence, it may be your word against the third party, and that makes skiing accident claims more difficult to prove.
If you did seek advice, and you do have proof, you’re ready to contact us now.
Skiing accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline
So, who is liable for a skiing accident? Well, it depends on what happened. For example, if your child was taking part in skiing lessons and their instructor failed to supervise them properly, leading to an accident, the instructor or ski school could be held responsible. If you find yourself wondering how to claim compensation for a skiing accident or with any questions about the cost of claiming for a skiing accident, it’s best to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, and if you miss this deadline, you could miss out on the opportunity to receive compensation for your injuries as well as any financial losses you’ve suffered. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call today on 0800 689 5659 to find out more about making a no win no fee claim after your accident. We have the answers to all those questions you no doubt have milling around in your mind. Isn’t it time you got the answers, so you know whether a claim or award might be possible? Let us help you learn more – it only takes one call to make things happen for you.