Concerned parents sometimes contact us wanting to know, “My son was in a skiing accident, can he claim?” Knowing that your son can make a claim for compensation is extremely important, especially if he was left in pain and suffered financial repercussions if he had to take time off work. Skiing is a very popular recreational activity that many people enjoy, but the number of accidents that occur every year is a reminder that it carries an element of risk. In fact, almost everyone who skis is likely to have suffered some form of injury themselves or know someone who has been injured. If your son is one of the unlucky British skiers who have been injured on the slopes, here is everything he needs to know about how to go about claiming compensation.
Is your son eligible to claim for his skiing accident?
Every time your son goes skiing, he assumes an element of risk that he may acquire an injury. However, if the injury is due to the negligence or carelessness of one or more persons who owed him a duty of care, he may be entitled to file a compensation claim against them. If the accident occurred at a ski resort, for instance, your son can claim compensation directly from the resort.
Remember, if you want an answer to the question, “My son was in a skiing accident, can he claim?” all you have to do is contact us at the Accident Advice Helpline. To qualify for compensation your son must prove that his injury has occurred as a result of negligence or breach of regulations by the people responsible for his health and safety. On a ski slope, this may apply to a ski instructor who fails to provide beginners with adequate training, or to skiers or snowboarders who are in breach of the “10 FIS Rules for Conduct” – a comprehensive collection of rules introduced to improve safety in winter sports.
Other circumstances that may entitle your son to claim skiing accident compensation involve injuries caused by faulty ski lifts or equipment that your son has rented at the resort or has been provided to him as part of a package holiday.
Legal procedure for making a compensation claim
Our friendly and experienced professionals at the Accident Advice Helpline are ready to offer your son the support he needs to obtain compensation for the injuries he has suffered. However, there are some rules that your son must comply with. Firstly, your son must provide a medical report, which has been compiled by doctors, immediately after the accident. He should undergo further examination on his return home to ensure that his skiing injuries are recorded in his UK medical notes. The solicitor will also require your son to provide evidence that proves a lack of care by those who had a legal duty to ensure his safety.
As soon as your son has all these documents, he should approach the Accident Advice Helpline to find out if he is entitled to make a claim and how much compensation he can expect to receive. The amount of compensation depends on various factors, including the extent and severity of injuries, general state of health prior to the accident, effects of the injury on quality of life, psychological damage, financial costs relating to full recovery, loss of earnings as a result of taking sick leave and even loss of enjoyment arising from the lack of ability to participate in scheduled social or leisure activities.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown