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Winter Sports Accident Claims
If you have been involved in an accident while participating in a winter sport, such as skiing, snowboarding or ice skating, and the incident was due to somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. At JMW, our specialist solicitors will help you to recover the compensation you deserve if you have suffered an injury that could have been avoided.
How JMW Can Help
The team has helped many people who have sustained an injury during a winter sports activity abroad, for example, following a collision on the slopes, or during a ski lesson. Our team has handled claims involving the following winter sports:
- Ice skating
Our expert solicitors can understand how frustrating suffering an injury can be, especially if it ruins your holiday. We aim to ensure the impact of your winter sports injury and the resulting effects - emotionally, physically and financially - are taken into account when making your claim for compensation.
We will take a look at your claim and discuss the next steps with you, explaining the claims process in a clear and concise manner so that together we can make the best possible case for you.
In some cases, if your activity was part of your holiday package, you can make a claim for compensation against the tour operator. It is also possible for a claim to be pursued in England and Wales.
Common Causes of Winter Sports Accidents
There is a wide range of injuries that can be caused by winter sports accidents, including broken bones, serious head injuries and spinal injuries, which can have life-changing consequences. The most common causes of winter sports accidents include:
- Improper training from an instructor
- Faulty or inappropriate equipment
- Faulty or inappropriate use of machinery, for example, ski lifts
- Collisions with other participants
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, a claim can be pursued against one or more of the following:
- The ski resort
- The tour operator
- The tour company responsible for organising the winter sports activity
- Another individual participating in a winter sport or their insurer
- The company that hired or manufactured the equipment
Is there a time limit to make a winter sports accident claim?
You should act quickly to seek advice following an accident. Time limits related to compensation claims can vary depending on the circumstances. If an accident happened abroad, claims can be subject to the law of the country that it took place. In some jurisdictions in the EU, this time period can be one year.
What can I claim compensation for following an injury caused by a winter sports accidents?
A claim will be calculated based on a number of factors, including:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
- Care and rehabilitation
- Home modifications
What should I do after a winter sports accident?
If you suffer an accident while participating in a winter sport, and you are able to, you should take the following steps to support a potential compensation claim. These measures can help to prove that another person was responsible for your injuries and help to ensure your claim is a success:
- Make note of the name, contact details and insurance information of the person that was responsible for the accident
- Take note of the service personnel that assisted you and request a copy of any reports made
- Photograph where the accident happened and any defects that were to blame for your accident
- Collect the names and contact details of any witnesses to your accident and ask them if they are happy to be contacted