As the winter sporting season approaches, whether a first-timer or a pro, if you’re thinking about planning a ski trip overseas it’s a good idea to take a quick look at our guide to how injury claims work.
Okay, so an accident or injury isn’t the first thing you have in mind with dreams of powdered snow, heavenly slopes and a log cabin at the end of the day. But accidents can happen, and with crowded slopes and a number of skiers and snowboarders all slaloming the course at varying speeds, it could well be an accident that’s not your fault.
So, how does a winter sports injury compensation claim work?
It is vital that you speak to a specialist solicitor. Various factors affect whether you can bring a claim here in England, or for example the country where the accident occurred. Careful analysis is also needed by your solicitor to establish what country's law should apply to your claim.
Medical evidence will be gathered to detail your injuries, and vitally to understand if any rehabilitation can assist you with your recovery, and what the future prognosis holds. We will work with you to detail the financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injury, which may include loss of earnings, medical expenses, and increased travel costs.
We will need to establish the person responsible and their insurers. Usually a formal letter of claim will be sent by us to the insurers on your behalf setting out your case. Often compensation can be negotiated, in some cases court proceedings are required to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Tips for a Successful Claim
Following an accident, if you’re able to do so, try to exchange contact information with the person you’ve collided with. If they are insured, make a note of their insurer. Further to this, if there are any witnesses or people who have stopped to help, take their names and addresses and ask if they would be happy to be contacted.
As much evidence as possible will help to support your claim, so it’s a good idea to keep a camera phone on you for emergencies, if not a helmet cam. Take photographs of the accident site so that you can help us to get a clear picture of precisely what occurred. This could also include photographs of any defects in equipment responsible for the accident.
If a piste service or the police have assisted you following the accident, request a copy of their report. A combination of these things will help us to understand what has happened and determine the success of your compensation claim.
If you’re involved in a winter sporting accident, it is important that you bear time limits in mind. The time limit for making your claim can vary depending on circumstances, so it is a good idea to contact a specialist travel litigation lawyer as soon as you’re able.
Slater and Gordon specialise in travel litigation. If you or your holiday party suffer an accident abroad, our no win, no fee solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation.
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