Sports Injuries Abroad Claims FAQs

Who can make a sports injury abroad claim?

If you’ve been injured in a sports accident abroad, you may be able to claim compensation if there’s evidence to show that the accident could have been avoided.

Naturally, winter and adventure sports do come with a significant number of risks, so you must be able to show that the accident was caused by one of the following in order to be eligible to make a claim:

  • Where negligence on the part of someone else was to blame for the accident, e.g. a ski instructor providing substandard tuition.
  • Faulty equipment, such as ill-fitting or broken skis.
  • Faulty machinery, such as ski lifts.
  • The reckless actions of another participant.

Our travel litigation solicitors can advise on whether or not you have a claim as part of a free, no-obligation consultation about your circumstances. Call us today for impartial legal advice about your winter sports injury abroad claim.

How long do I have make a claim?

The window in which you can make a claim will depend on which country you were in at the time of the accident.

If you were in the UK or the EU, you can usually make a claim through the UK court system, meaning you’ll have up to 3 years to bring a claim against the responsible party. However, different time periods can apply so we’d always recommend making a claim at your earliest convenience following an accident, as this could improve your chances of making a successful claim and achieving maximum compensation for your injuries and loss.

As the time period in which you can claim varies widely from country to country, we’d recommend contacting our specialist travel solicitors as soon as possible after the incident. They can advise you on the claims process for sports accidents and provide professional legal support for a variety of circumstances.

Who can I make a claim against?

In cases of winter sports accidents abroad, you may be able to make a claim against several different parties who may have been responsible for your injuries and loss.

This includes:

  • Winter sport instructors — You can bring a claim against a ski or snowboard instructor when there’s evidence to show that they provided substandard tuition, which directly resulted in your accident and injuries.
  • Other participants — When an individual’s negligence or reckless actions have caused injury, you can make a claim against them and their insurer.
  • Tour operators — If your accident took place during a package holiday, you may be able to bring a case against the tour operator when there’s evidence to show that negligence on their or their providers’ part may have caused your injuries.
  • Ski resort personnel — In cases where faulty equipment and machinery caused your accident, you may be eligible to bring a case against individual ski resort personnel who were tasked with maintaining the equipment, or with the resort management.

As part of our investigation, our travel solicitors will get to the bottom of who was responsible for your accident, so that they can be held to account for the injuries you’ve sustained.

How much compensation can I expect to receive?

If, after your initial consultation, our solicitors accept your claim, we’ll begin our investigation with a view to identify the party responsible, and calculate the amount of compensation we believe your claim is worth.

To do this, we’ll assess the following:

  • The severity of your injuries, and your ongoing medical needs.
  • The potential psychological trauma you’ve suffered in the aftermath of the accident.
  • Rehabilitation, care and any case management requirements.
  • Mobility aids and modifications to your home.
  • Past and future loss of earnings.
  • Your financial losses, including overseas medical expenses and the price of your holiday and travel.
  • The loss of enjoyment you’ve experienced due to your holiday being cut short by an accident.

Our experienced solicitors are experts in achieving maximum compensation for sports accident abroad claims, and can help you get the monetary support you need to make a full and complete recovery following a serious accident overseas. —

What happens when I make a sports injury abroad claim?

When our solicitors accept your case for a sports injury abroad, we’ll begin the process of investigating the circumstances of your claim and valuing an appropriate amount of compensation.

Claiming compensation for a sports injury that happened abroad is a four-step process, involving the following steps:

  1. Investigation — We’ll work closely with you and our network of foreign law experts to establish the circumstances of your accident, with a view to identifying those responsible for your injuries. We’ll also enlist the help of an independent medical examiner to assess the severity of your injuries.
  2. Calculate an appropriate compensation sum — With the results of the independent medical examination, we’ll calculate how much compensation you’re eligible to receive based on the factors listed above.
  3. Bring your claim to the opposing party — We’ll correspond with the opposing party on your behalf. They may choose to accept the claim and settlement amount, or contest it, in which case further negotiation will be sought to settle the case out of court.
  4. Conclusion or further proceedings — If the other side accepts your claim, you’ll receive the compensation amount (minus our pre-agreed legal expenses). If the case can’t be settled, it may go to trial, in which case you may have to attend court. In the unlikely event that this situation arises, we’ll be there to provide support and guidance through the subsequent legal proceedings.

If you have any further queries on the claims process, our travel litigation team will be happy to answer any questions you might have before choosing to make a claim.

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