01482 778 463
Client Focussed
No Win No Fee
Specialist Legal Teams
Hudgell Solicitors™ | Latest News | Am I entitled to make a skiing accident claim?

Am I entitled to make a skiing accident claim?

Fallen Skier


As a travel litigation and serious accidents abroad claims solicitor, I outline the circumstances when you may be able to claim for a winter sports injury.

Winter sports are more popular than ever before. Every year, thousands of people head for the slopes to create and share memorable moments with family and friends.

Unfortunately, the combination of speed and inexperience means getting injured is a common occurrence that can happen to anyone at any time.

During winter, I regularly oversee snowboarding and skiing accident claims where holidaymakers have either been injured or caused an injury to others.

The most common injuries include concussion, dislocated joints, knee injuries and broken arms and legs. But they can range from a badly sprained ankle to serious and potentially life-changing accidents. In the worst-case scenario, fatalities can occur.

If you fall when skiing or snowboarding, you could be at a heightened risk of a brain injury, spinal injury or both. Such injuries can cause partial or full paralysis – leading to long-lasting disruption in everyday life.

Michael Schumacher, who suffered life-threatening injuries after hitting his head on a rock in a French Alps skiing accident in 2013, is probably the highest-profile example of the risks involved in winter sports.

In my experience a lot of the injuries incurred could have been prevented by taking a few precautions.

Top 10 injury prevention tips for winter sports

If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker, you’ll probably be excited by the chance to take part in winter sports and enjoy having fun in the snow.

By following the simple steps outlined below you can do just that – and help reduce your risk of suffering an accident or injury:

  • Adopt a safety-first approach to any activity holiday: Before booking your trip, research and check the resort for its safety record.
  • Dress appropriately: Layer up and make sure clothing is loose-fitting so movements are not restricted.
  • Choose the right footwear: Insulated shoes or boots are essential for any winter sport.
  • Always wear a helmet: A must-have safety essential, helmets are now compulsory at most winter sports resorts.
  • Use goggles: Protect your eyes from injury and UV rays from the bright winter sun.
  • Never go alone: Minimise the risk of a potentially life-threatening injury by being with someone who can get help if there’s an accident.
  • Know what you’re doing: Before hitting the slopes, spend some time with a qualified instructor and learn the proper techniques.
  • Check ALL equipment thoroughly: Ensure your skis are well maintained and test any bindings to see that they fit correctly before your first run.
  • Know your abilities: Check you are on a run which is on a par with your ability and stick to trails that are suitable.
  • Avoid the slopes after excessive alcohol: Drinking too much can impair your judgement. Say no to ‘Night Time Runs’ or skiing when under the influence of alcohol as it could put your safety and the safety of others at increased risk.

Am I entitled to compensation for an accident on the slopes?

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a skiing, snowboarding or winter sports accident, there are a wide number of scenarios in which you may be able to claim compensation.

You may be entitled to make a claim if the accident was:

  • Caused by the negligent actions of another skier.
  • Created by a hidden obstruction you could not be expected to anticipate – such as a snow mobile parked around a corner.
  • Due to the negligent care of a ski guide or tour representative.
  • Due to poor ski school instruction or teaching unsafe techniques.
  • Caused by faulty equipment (skis, bindings, ski lift or tow).

Skiing and snowboarding does carry a certain level of ‘ordinary’ risk. But if that level of danger is heightened due to the negligence, reckless behaviour or dangerous conduct of another skier or a resort operator; you may be able to claim compensation. The same principles would apply if you were injured as an innocent passenger whilst on a snow mobile ride or Husky expedition experience.

Should an injury occur whilst taking part in an activity that’s been booked as part of a package holiday, it could be possible to claim compensation from the tour operator if reasonable precautions were not taken to protect you from foreseeable harm.

In most cases where an accident results in a compensation settlement, it is the insurance company of the negligent party who bears the expense. This is the main reason why all skiers and winter sports enthusiasts should have a suitable level of personal liability insurance before hitting the slopes.

It is also a good idea to take out a suitable level of travel insurance cover as this will help to meet the costs should any medical expenses be incurred.

When buying travel insurance, always make sure it’s the right fit for you and your holiday. Don’t just buy the cheapest and most basic package. If you do, you may find you’re not covered in certain circumstances or you’re only covered up to a certain amount.

Remember, in most cases, travel insurance will only pay out in the event of a cancellation, to replace lost luggage or for medical expenses.

It will NOT compensate you for any pain or suffering you experience, loss of earnings or any care package and adaptations that may need making to your home in the event of a serious injury. These are the three main reasons why you would enlist our help here at Hudgell Solicitors.

Get free, expert advice about your winter sports injury

Having overseen hundreds of cases involving skiing and snowboarding accidents, I understand how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath. To receive the justice you deserve, and put your mind at rest, please get in touch and one of our expert travel litigation solicitors will advise you whether to pursue a claim.

The first priority in every case we handle is to ensure that all your rehabilitation needs are met. Once your life is back on track, we will bring a claim against those responsible – leaving you to focus on getting fit and returning to the winter activities you enjoy.

No Comments

Leave a Reply

*Required

The Author

author image

Paul McClorry

Head of Travel Litigation

pmc@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk

Request a callback

Request A Callback

I am an existing client.










Or call us FREE on:

01482 778 463


trust pilottrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot star

The data you submit will only be used by Hudgell Solicitors and only for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry.
See full privacy policy.

Looking to see if you're eligible?

Get in touch for free legal advice

0808 159 7699

Call today to speak to an expert

OR
Start your claim

What Our Clients Think

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Caroline was great in handling my case

"Caroline was great in handling my case, very informative and always kept me up to… "

Mr Richard Brook

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Dispute with EasyJet

"Although Hudgell offices were not local to us, there was no need for concern, as… "

Glyn

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Always on the ball

"Always on the ball! Great at what they do, very professional and fast with a… "

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Excellent service

"Excellent service. Very happy with result. Thank you."

Miss Erika Panakova

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Was an easy process and the caseworker…

"Was an easy process and the caseworker was very informative and very knowledgeable on my… "

Rachel Fee

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Lovely business to deal with

"Lovely business to deal with. Would recommend to anyone."

Mrs Kelly Byrnes

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Great communication

"Great communication! My solicitor was lovely to deal with, open and listened to me."

Sue Ockendon

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very happy with how they managed my…

"Very happy with how they managed my claim. I would recommend them."

Mr Steve Roberts

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very helpful and truly understanding in…

"Very helpful and truly understanding in a very sensitive case would highly recommend to anyone"

Miss Sarah Morris

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Friendly

"Friendly, supportive and professional, couldn't ask for more."

Mr Adrian Fisher

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

A first class service with a heart too

"I never had claimed before and was quite apprehensive about dealing with claims solicitors as… "

M Sheikh

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

They made me feel that I wouldn’t be on…

"They made me feel that I wouldn’t be on my own after my experience. They… "

Mrs Melinda Diane Tovey

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

The service was excellent and Lauren…

"The service was excellent and Lauren Cartwright kept me well informed and gave good advice… "

Mr Roger Harrison

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Recommended company

"Excellent service, fully recommended. Efficient communication and reliable."

Mr R Taylor

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgell took over my road traffic case…

"Hudgell took over my road traffic case from a different solicitors and successfully negotiated a… "

Mr JSW

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgell Solicitors made my personal…

"Hudgell Solicitors made my personal injury claim so easy, they got me the treatment i… "

Mr Nick Todd

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I have never used solicitors before

"I have never used solicitors before, my dealings with Hudgell have been excellent I have… "

David Varley

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very helpful

"Very helpful"

Ethan Ferguson

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

First Class service

"Hudgell Solicitors are currently working on my case and I must say so far the… "

Emma Jeeves

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Always kept me up to date on all…

"Always kept me up to date on all correspondence concerning the case and acknowledged any… "

Mrs Anne Marie Wells

Rated 9.4 out of 10 based on 454 reviews

Powered by Trustpilot

Our offices

London

55 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1JU

VIEW DETAILS

Hull

No 2 @ The Dock
46 Humber Street
HU1 1TU

VIEW DETAILS

Leeds

10 Park Place
Leeds
LS1 2RU

VIEW DETAILS

Manchester

1 St Peter’s Square
Manchester
M2 3AE

 

VIEW DETAILS

© 2018 Hudgell Solicitors®. All Rights Reserved.

Hudgell Solicitors is a trading name of Neil Hudgell Limited | Director Dr. Neil Hudgell MA LLB (Hons) LLD | Registered in England No. 7078429 | Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority | SRA No. 521372 | VAT Registration No. 254 7802 90