Snowboarding is somehow just that little bit ‘cooler’ than skiing, and popular with a younger crowd. Some of the stunts and tricks you can perform on a snowboard might seem pretty risky, but as with any winter sport, there is the risk of injury even if you’re just a beginner. Few people who embark on snowboarding ever have cause to make a snowboarding accident claim, despite the risks associated with the sport.
Most accidents that do happen are the result of the snowboarder taking risks they should not have done. Slips and falls can happen quite easily when you are learning, too, so it isn’t the type of sport to try if you are not steady on your feet. Having a snowboard strapped to them doesn’t make life any easier! But in rare cases, someone might experience an accident that causes them to be hurt, and that accident might be the fault of someone else entirely. Does that apply to you?
Injuries that might be experienced in a snowboarding accident
Accident Advice Helpline has handled many a snowboarding accident claim since we were established in 2000, and some of the injuries you could sustain in a snowboarding accident can be pretty serious. Whether you have broken bones after falling off a snowboard or suffered a serious head injury, we could help you to make a no win no fee claim for personal injury compensation, provided it has been three years or less since your accident happened.
When someone falls over or experiences an accident on a snowboard, the board will likely remain attached to both feet. This makes it virtually impossible to move your legs to try and stop the fall. You may stretch your arms out to try and break your fall, and that could potentially lead to hand and arm injuries.
Other possible injuries that might occur include:
- Dislocated shoulder
- Broken fingers
- Sprained wrist
- Head injuries and concussion
- Broken bones
- Twisted knee
These are just a few examples, and you might have first-hand experience of what one or more of them are like to go through. If so, it is worth exploring the possibility of whether you would have the right to make a snowboarding accident claim. That is what we are here for, and we will fight to get you the best amount of compensation you could rightfully claim if you were hurt because of negligence.
Who’s to blame for your accident?
The sensible route to take for anyone interested in snowboarding is to take proper lessons. This means taking advice and input from an instructor who is trained to help you. It may also minimise the chances of anything going wrong, since you won’t be striking out alone to try and get the necessary skills required to stay safe.
If you’re taking lessons in snowboarding then you might find yourself wondering how you could become involved in a snowboarding accident. Surely, it’s an instructor’s job to make sure you are safe and learning at a speed that’s appropriate to your level of ability? Yes, it is, and most instructors are properly qualified and do an outstanding job of keeping their charges safe while they learn.
Unfortunately, there are negligent instructors out there who will push students too hard or fail to check equipment to make sure it’s safe before use. So if you’re wondering who is liable for a snowboarding accident, the answer could be your instructor. Or it could be that you’ve been injured due to an accident caused by faulty equipment, in which case the rental company could be held liable, or even a faulty ski lift, in which case the resort operator could be at fault.
What should you do if you are unsure of making a claim?
Some circumstances make it hard to tell whether a snowboarding accident claim would be the right thing to do. For instance, if you were knocked out, you may remember little or nothing of what happened.
Similarly, some situations may lead to people saying it was your fault, when actually nothing could be further from the truth. How would you know whether this applied to you or not? The only way to know is to speak with a professional personal injury lawyer, because they can support you and ask the right questions to determine the facts surrounding your case.
By doing this, they can consider the possibility of whether a claim would be prudent. If it is, they will advise you of how much compensation you might reasonably receive if the claim was agreed upon with the third party involved.
How common is it to make a snowboarding accident claim?
If you have been injured, your first priority should be to seek treatment for injuries sustained from a snowboarding accident. If you later decide to make a personal injury claim, we’ll need to see evidence that you sought medical attention for your injuries. It’s more common than you might think to make a snowboarding accident claim and if you’re wondering how to claim compensation for a snowboarding accident, we can help you.
Some personal injury law firms will charge upfront fees, and this can put many people off making a claim. You might be struggling financially after taking time off work after your accident, but the cost of making a claim for a snowboarding accident shouldn’t deter you from claiming. Hence why Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers provide a no win no fee service, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us. Just call us on 0800 689 5659 and we’ll be able to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. There really is no reason not to call, is there? We are ready to assist when you are ready for our help.