Ski Accident Claims
As skiing increases in popularity during the winter season, it is no surprise that injuries can happen. These incidents can range from minor sprains to fractures and more serious trauma, like brain and spinal cord damage. No matter how fast or slow they take it, skiers and snowboarders must be mindful of their physical safety while engaging in this adrenaline sport.
If you were injured in a skiing accident that wasn't your fault, consider making a compensation claim. Our team of professional solicitors has assisted countless winter holidaymakers with making claims due to negligent accidents while participating in skiing and snowboarding activities. We will help you seek the funds to cover any medical costs and ensure you get the support you need.
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How JMW Can Help
The personal injury experts at JMW have decades of experience in assisting those injured while on skiing holidays to seek compensation. Our team will work closely with you to assess the pain and suffering caused and help you to see funds for it. To do this, we will help you to seek reimbursement of any expenses, finances to cover your time absent from work as a consequence of being hurt and facilitate access to the necessary medical care to ensure you can recover and even a contribution to the loss of enjoyment of your holiday while your case is ongoing.
The snowboarding and skiing accident claims we can help you with include:
- Claims against another skier or snowboarder if they cause you an accident. The Ski Federation rules of conduct set out the expected behaviour that should be adhered to by skiers and snowboarders, and failure to follow it can leave them liable to personal injury claims
- Claims against hire companies following accidents where there was a fault in the equipment, or where inadequate or substandard equipment was provided
- Claims against a ski lift operator or resort where accidents are caused by a ski lift
- Claims against ski instructors if they acted negligently in training or supervision
- Claims against the package holiday provider if you have an accident due to a safety issue in your hotel accommodation or during your transfer to the resort
Our aim is to make the claims process as smooth as possible so you are able to focus on making a full recovery and return to the financial position you were in before the accident. We will provide you with comprehensive guidance throughout the process of your case, keeping you up to date and aware of the appropriate next steps.
What Types of Ski or Snowboarding Accidents Typically Occur?
Due to the nature of skiiing and snowboarding, individuals can suffer a range of injuries, from sprains and fractures - which are the most common, to whiplash and even brain injuries. These injuries come from falls, slips, and collisions with other piste or slope users or objects such as trees.
Other common injuries associated with skiing and snowboarding include:
- Knee injuries from twisting leg motions
- Upper body dislocation
- Skier’s thumb from falling with the hand in a ski pole strap
- Finger fractures
- Lower back injuries
It is often found that skiing and snowboarding injuries happen due to the negligence of instructors or the authorities, or carelessness from other piste or slope users. Because of this, you may be putting yourself at risk of injury at no fault of your own.
What Should You Do if You Have Had a Ski or Snowboarding Accident?
If you have suffered a snowboarding or skiing injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention to find out whether your injuries are serious. Once you have taken steps to ensure your own safety, you should take the following steps, or get someone you trust to act on your behalf:
- Find out whether any of the other skiers or snowboarders involved had cameras that recorded the incident, or whether the resort had any CCTV cameras that may have captured it
- Take photos of the spot where the accident happened or the faulty equipment that caused it
- Report the accident to the local authorities and ski resort staff and try to acquire the piste report, which details your accident, provides details of other parties involved and can help to place the blame on the party responsible
- Secure the medical records and reports from your medical professional following your injury
Why Choose JMW?
Due to our decades of successes in securing compensation for our clients following personal injury claims, JMW Solicitors has been recognised as one of the UK's top law firms by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners guide. When you choose to claim compensation through a skiing accident claim with our team, you can be confident that you have an experienced personal injury team at your back.
We understand how traumatic snowboarding and skiing accidents can be - when you go on holiday, you go to take time off and have fun with your family and friends. Our team will work with you to ensure that your personal injury claim is as stress-free as possible so that you can get your money back and recover from your injury as soon as possible. We can work closely with you to ensure you understand every part of the process of your ski accident compensation claim, or take the initiative in working to secure your compensation - you can trust us to take the legal responsibility to allow you to recover from your injuries.
FAQs about Snowboarding and Skiing Injury Claims
Can I still make a skiing injury compensation claim if I was not on a package holiday?
Whether you can make a compensation claim will depend on the context of your injury and who was to blame. If you had an accident and a professional or other skier was to blame, you may be able to make a skiing accidents claim.
Can I still make a compensation claim if I was abroad?
Making compensation claims abroad can be complicated, but our team is experienced in handling skiing injuries - most of which happen abroad - so we will be able to work with you to understand your options.
Who is liable in the event of a skiing accident?
The European International Ski Federation (FIS) declares that the piste authorities, skiing instructors and any other individual users of the ski slope are responsible for adhering to laws that are set on the ski slope. Specific rules about how to overtake, what speed to move at and where skiers can stop can help in determining who is at fault for any accidents and injuries that occur. Typically, professional instructors and those who work at the authority have specific insurance that covers legal fees that they may be liable for, but this may not extend to cases where an accident could have been easily avoided.
Ultimately, the party liable for skiing and snowboarding accidents will depend on a case-by-case basis.
Other parties that may be liable for ski accidents include tour operators, tutors and ski lift operators.
Talk to Us
If you have suffered a skiing or snowboarding injury due to the negligence of someone else, you should speak to our team as soon as you are able - by doing so, you can secure funds to help you recover.