It’s important to keep safe when involved in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, there is always an element of risk with this kind of activity and it is important to plan for all eventualities. There is more of an inherent risk associated with winter sports, however, accidents can happen due to the neglect of others no matter how prepared you are, and if they do then we are here to help.
Before travelling make sure that your insurance is up to date and covers all activities you’ll be doing, recent research by the foreign office found that a third of people who partake in winter sports do so without the appropriate insurance.
Winter sports include but are not limited to:
- Ice skating
Examples of winter sports claims
There are of course many ways accidents could happen and here are a few examples of possible winter sports claims:
- Faulty/damaged equipment
- Tour operator/guide negligence
- Other tourists causing injury
- Injuries sustained on ski lifts
Ways to help your claim and yourself following an accident
Your immediate priority will be to seek treatment for any injury you have suffered. However there are a number of steps you can take to help support your case for compensation following a winter sports accident, they include:
- Seek medical advice as soon as possible to make sure you are treated appropriately and in order to record your injuries.
- Take pictures of where the incident occurred in order to document any issues if possible
- Photograph any cuts, swelling or bruising caused by the incident
- Take the contact details of any witnesses and people involved in the accident and any relevant insurance details
- Make sure the hotel/resort documents the accident and take copies if possible
If you’ve not managed to achieve all of the above then don’t worry we can still help you. As soon as you return to the UK you should think about contacting us to discuss your potential claim. One of our legally qualified advisor will guide you through the entire claims process.
Your immediate priority should be to seek treatment for any injury you have suffered. However, claims are limited in most cases to three years but can be as little as one year depending on the country in which the accident occurred, so it is important to contact us as soon as it is convenient.
To help you keep safe whilst having fun in the cold we’ve put together some tips to help you prevent accidents:
- Keep an eye out for any damaged equipment
- Be aware of any potential hazards such as getting too close to the skier in front
- Don’t go beyond your abilities
- Protect yourself with the correct equipment, for example knee pads and helmets
- Watch the weather as a change in conditions can have serious effects – be aware of any avalanche risks
- Take regular breaks
- Make sure you are in a safe condition to partake in activities, as alcohol contributes towards a number of accidents on the slopes.