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By Olivia Luis. Last updated 6th April 2021. Welcome to our skiing accident claims guide where we’ll look at how to secure skiing accident compensation.

Skiing is a popular pastime with more people taking to the slopes than ever before. This has led to a rise in skiing accidents and whether you suffered cuts and bruises or a more serious head injury, you could be entitled to compensation.

If you enjoy taking a skiing holiday and suffered an injury while on the slopes, you may be entitled to file for compensation for the pain and suffering you endured as a direct result of a skiing accident. However, if the accident was your own fault and you were injured, it’s your holiday insurance provider who would compensate you for your injuries. If however, you can prove that your injuries were caused by a third party, then it’s worth discussing your case with a personal injury solicitor. In this skiing accident claims guide, we’ll give you all the information you need on what steps to take to help secure the skiing accident compensation that you deserve.

At Legal Expert, we work hard to establish who may be responsible for your injuries and whether you have a strong case for compensation. We work hard to ensure you receive the right level of compensation for the pain and suffering you had to endure as a result of a skiing accident. To find out how we can work with you on a No Win No Fee basis, please click on the Select a Section below.

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  1. A Guide To Skiing Accident And Injury Claims
  2. What Could Cause A Ski Accident?
  3. Skiing Accident Statistics
  4. Good Conduct When Skiing To Prevent Accidents And Injuries
  5. Skiing Accident Abroad Claims
  6. What Skiing Accidents And Injuries Can You Claim For?
  7. Can You Claim Compensation For Skiing Injuries When Off-Piste?
  8. Concussion And Skiing Head Injuries
  9. Skiing Dislocated Shoulder Injuries
  10. Skiing ACL Ruptures And Tears
  11. What Are Skier’s Thumb Injuries?
  12. What Could My Skiing Accident Solicitor Help Me Claim?
  13. Skiing Accident And Injury Claims Calculator
  14. No Win No Fee Snowboarding And Skiing Accident Claims
  15. How We Can Help With Skiing Accidents And Injuries
  16. Speak To Legal Expert Today
  17. Useful Links

A Guide To Skiing Accident And Injury Claims

Welcome to our skiing accident claims guide. Taking part in winter sports whether skiing or snowboarding is a popular way to spend some time away on the slopes. More people choose a skiing holiday which has led to a rise in skiing and snowboarding accident claims. With so many people on the slopes, there is an increased risk of being involved in a skiing accident more especially when other skiers are not paying attention to what’s going on around them.

There are 10 golden rules that all skiers must abide by because keeping to these “rules” reduces the risk of being involved in a skiing accident which could leave you seriously injured. There are common injuries associated with skiing and snowboarding claims and providing you can establish a skiing accident happened due to the negligence of a third party, you may be entitled to file for compensation. However, it is worth bearing in mind that there are 2 types of skiing claims, namely “fault” and “no-fault”, both of which are explained below.

Staying safe on a ski slope means being alert to all that is going on around you whether you are a novice or more experienced skier/snowboarder. Many people like to ski off-piste, but this can prove more dangerous and could lead to you suffering a serious injury because there are no well-marked ski runs when you go off-piste.

It is also worth bearing in mind that filing a claim following a skiing accident abroad can prove more challenging because of the different laws in any of the countries you choose for your skiing holiday whether it’s France, Switzerland or elsewhere in the world.

If you have suffered a skiing accident and sustained injuries, we would assess your case before advising you on whether you have a strong case for skiing accident compensation. We offer a free, initial, no obligation consultation which means we can examine the circumstances surrounding your skiing accident before taking any action against a third party if we feel you could be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you endured due to their negligence.

What Could Cause A Ski Accident?

The most common causes of skiing accidents (and subsequently, skiing accident claims) occur due to skier error when they are on the slopes. However, there are other things that could lead to you having a skiing accident which are detailed below:

  • Equipment failure – loose/broken bindings or lost batons/ski poles
  • Collision with another skier
  • Collision with a static object like a tree or pole
  • Falling from a chairlift

What’s more, you could be involved in a skiing accident because you were not given enough tuition or guidance before being allowed on a ski slope. In such cases, you may also be entitled to claim skiing accident compensation.

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Skiing Accident Statistics

Skiing is great fun, but you need to be alert on the slopes to reduce the risk of a skiing accident happening.

The Foreign Office released a report using statistics from ABTA, demonstrating the dangers of not planning ahead when skiing. This is seen in the staggering rate of 1/3 holidaymakers not checking whether their travel insurance covers snowsport-related injuries before skiing.

What’s more, 118 British holidaymakers were hospitalised between 2012 and 2016 due to ski-related accidents, with a further 58 fatalities.

These numbers show just how dangerous skiing can be, particularly if the risks involved aren’t properly considered. If you’ve been involved in a skiing accident that wasn’t your fault, please read on to learn more about how you could make skiing accident claims for the skiing accident compensation that you deserve.

Good Conduct When Skiing To Prevent Accidents And Injuries

There are 10 golden rules when it comes to skiing conduct on the slopes which are detailed below:

  • Respect – you should never put other skiers in any sort of danger
  • Control – to always know your skiing capabilities and to respect the conditions of the mountain
  • Choice of the route – any skier or snowboarder who is in front of you has a priority which means you must leave them enough room
  • Overtaking another skier – you must always leave enough room between yourself and another skier/snowboarder who is travelling slower than you are
  • Entering and starting out – it is essential that you look up and down before starting out or entering a marked ski run
  • Stopping – you must only stop at the edge of a piste where you can clearly be seen by other skiers
  • Climbing – you must always keep to the edge of a piste when climbing up or down it
  • Signs – you must take notice of all markings and signs on a piste which are erected for your safety
  • Assistance – you should always help other skiers when they need it and alert rescue services when a skiing accident occurs
  • Identification – anyone who is involved in a skiing accident whether a skier or a witness should exchange details which should include names and addresses

It is essential to know that these rules are in fact, binding by law and that they apply not only to skiers but snowboarders and other such ski slope users too. If a third party failed to adhere to these rules, resulting in your suffering, you could be entitled to make skiing accident claims. To learn more about how to claim the skiing accident compensation you deserve, please read on.

Skiing Accident Abroad Claims

When it comes to making skiing accident compensation following an incident abroad, it can be more complex. This is due to the fact that, in foreign countries, the legal procedures tend to be different to those covering the UK. With this said, it depends on which foreign country the skiing accident happened in and the nationalities of the people who were involved. In short, it may be possible for you to make skiing accident claims through various foreign courts. Because of the varying legislation, the outcome of a case could be quite different and the amount of skiing accident compensation you receive would likely differ too.

We would assess whether it is worth filing a claim for a skiing accident that occurred abroad before advising whether it would be in your interest to do so. We offer a free, initial, no-obligation consultation which allows us the chance to establish whether anyone should file a claim and who might be liable for the injuries sustained following skiing accidents abroad.

What Skiing Accidents And Injuries Can You Claim For?

When it comes to skiing accident claims, there are 2 types which are as follows:

  • Fault – this type of claim refers to when a person who has suffered a skiing accident accepts responsibility for the injuries they sustained. In short, “fault” claims are typically resolved by the injured person filing a claim through their “holiday insurance” provider
  • Non-fault – this type of personal injury claim refers to an injured person filing a skiing accident claim against a third party because it can be proved they were liable

Non-fault claims can be filed against the following third parties if liability can be proved:

  • A tour operator
  • A piste “authority”
  • Another skier
  • A ski centre
  • An operator of the ski lift
  • A ski tutor
  • A ski guide

Some common skiing injuries include:

  • Cuts, lacerations and bruises
  • Sprains
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Head injuries

Downhill skiing has become extremely popular and as a result, most skiing accidents occur when people take part in downhill skiing which has become extremely popular. The most common injuries associated with the activity are as follows:

  • Concussion
  • Leg fractures
  • Arm fractures

It is worth noting that other snow sports/activities for which you can make skiing accident claims (or the like) include:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Sledging
  • Snowshoeing

Can You Claim Compensation For Skiing Injuries When Off-Piste?

Many people enjoy skiing off-piste because there are usually fewer people around and there’s more of a thrill involved. However, going off-piste whether on skis or on a snowboard is much riskier than staying on designated runs which are well marked. Skiing off-piste does not offer the following:

  • You are not protected from known dangers associated with snow-covered areas
  • There will not be any warning signs indicating the dangers of an avalanche occurring
  • Snow slides are more likely to happen when you ski off-piste

If you are at all worried about going off-piste, the best advice is to avoid doing so and to remain in well-marked areas of a slope and ski run. Should you be injured off-piste, you could find it a lot harder to file a claim because proving the liability of a third party could be a lot more challenging.

However, if a guide takes you skiing off-piste and you suffer an injury as a result, we would assess whether they could be held responsible for the accident due to negligence or poor instructions. We would establish if you have a case to file a personal injury claim against the guide or another third party for skiing accident compensation.

Concussion And Skiing Head Injuries

Skiing is a dangerous sport with many people taking too many risks whether they are snowboarding or skiing on alpine and other slopes. Unseen obstacles when you ski off-piste can lead to serious falls and severe head injuries. If medical attention is sought immediately, it could lead to brain damage.

Even a minor head injury as a result of a skiing accident must be taken seriously and even if you might not need to be hospitalised, it could take you up to 2 weeks to make a full recovery. With this said, you should be seen in a hospital if your head injury results in the following:

  • You were knocked out, but then came to quite quickly
  • You can’t stop vomiting
  • You have a headache that’s hard to shake even when taking painkillers
  • You are more irritable and experience a change in behaviour
  • You have problems remembering anything
  • You had been drinking alcohol or were taking drugs before your accident and injury
  • You suffer from a blood clotting disorder and/or you have been prescribed blood thinners
  • You underwent brain surgery
  • You suffered concussion

It is worth noting that any symptoms typically present themselves in around 24 hours, but occasionally, it can take up to 3 weeks before you start feeling something is wrong.

When it comes to severe head injuries, medical attention must be sought straight away. If your skiing accident resulted in the following, you would need to be hospitalised as soon as possible:

  • You remain unconscious – even if this is for a brief amount of time
  • You suffer a concussion – if you experience a sudden but short loss of mental capacity following a blow to the head and have a glazed look in your eyes and/or you seem confused, but not unconscious
  • You experience seizures or fits
  • You have difficulty staying awake and trouble speaking
  • You experience double vision and hearing loss
  • You have constant bouts of vomiting
  • There is clear fluid or blood from your nose and/or ears
  • You experience memory loss ( amnesia)
  • You have trouble walking and lack co-ordination
  • There is sudden bruising and swelling around both of your eyes and/or behind your ears

For more information on how to make skiing accident claims for the skiing accident compensation that you deserve, please read on.

Skiing Dislocated Shoulder Injuries

Skiing is enjoyed by a multitude of people who enjoy taking part in winter sports. Ski slopes are busy places and where there a lot of people, accidents can happen and in particular on a slippery ski slope. With this said, skiers can stay safe by not taking too many risks which helps prevent injuries from happening.

Some injuries that are commonly seen in skiers include:

  • Broken collarbone
  • Greater tuberosity, humeral, scapula and glenoid fractures
  • Joint dislocations with acromioclavicular (AC) dislocations being high on the list
  • Glenohumeral and sternoclavicular joint dislocation (rarer)
  • Soft tissue injuries include a rotator cuff tear which is one of the most common ski injuries reported
  • Rotator cuff impingement (another soft tissue injury) that skiers can suffer

To learn more about how to make skiing accident claims after sustaining injury through no fault of your own, please continue reading. Alternatively, get in touch today to see if you could claim skiing accident compensation for your incident.

Skiing ACL Ruptures And Tears

There are certain injuries associated with skiing that can negatively impact your ligaments. One, in particular, is a tear or strain of the anterior cruciate ligament which is found in the knee. Its function is to prevent your shin bone from moving too far forward. The injury typically happens when you put a lot of pressure on your knee in a twisting, forceful action while your foot is still firmly on the ground. The injury can also occur when you land from a height twisting your knee as you do.

Sportspeople often suffer from ACL ruptures or strains but so do skiers as they often take off and land heavily further down a slope. If you suffered this type of injury while skiing, you would need immediate medical attention because not only is it extremely painful, but it can lead to more damage being done if not treated as soon as possible.

If you damaged your anterior cruciate ligament while being given a ski lesson, you may be entitled to make skiing accident claims should it be proved that an instructor failed in the duty of care to ensure you were protected from injury while in their care. They could be held liable because they did not provide the necessary instructions before being allowed on the slopes, entitling you to skiing accident compensation as a result.

What Are Skier’s Thumb Injuries?

Skier’s thumb is also often referred to as “gamekeeper’s thumb” and it’s an injury that’s commonly seen in skiers. The injury negatively impacts the ulnar collateral ligament found in the metacarpophalangeal joint. It’s an essential ligament that allows you to grip and pinch things with your thumb. When damage occurs to the ligament, your thumb loses strength and function.

It’s a skiing injury that occurs thanks to the fact skiers hold on tightly to their batons but during a fall, they stretch out their thumbs to ease an impact. Skier’s thumb is an injury that literally occurs when skiers fall on their outstretched thumbs. Anyone suffering from skier’s thumb experiences a loss of strength when gripping or pinching anything.

Whatever injury you sustained, you could be entitled to make skiing accident claims. Please read on to learn more.

What Could My Skiing Accident Solicitor Help Me Claim?

Anyone who has suffered as a result of a skiing incident that wasn’t their fault may be entitled to skiing accident compensation. Establishing that a third party was responsible due to negligence would mean you could claim skiing accident compensation from them.

If you choose to make a claim, a personal injury solicitor can help. They’ll ask you some relevant questions surrounding the circumstances of your accident before providing you with essential advice on what you could claim for, examples of which are detailed below:

  • General damages (for physical and psychological injury)
  • Special damages (for loss of earnings or the like)

Special damages can be claimed to recover accident-related costs, such as:

  • Travel expenses
  • Medical costs
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of anticipated income
  • Care costs
  • Damage to property

To find out more how a personal injury lawyer can handle skiing accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis, please continue reading our skiing accident compensation claims guide.

Skiing Accident And Injury Claims Calculator

Our personal injury claims calculator below provides average amounts awarded on successful skiing accident claims in the past with the figures being based on the Judicial College guidelines. It is worth bearing in mind that all personal injury claims are treated as unique and therefore the amounts awarded by a court or when a claim is settled out of court, can vary quite a lot.

Updated April 2021.

InjurySeverityAmountNotes
Head InjuryMinor £2,070 to £11,980Minimal damage
Brain DamageLess Severe£14,380 to £40,410Good recovery with return to work a strong possibility
Back injuriesSevere (i)£85,470 to £151,070Damage to spinal cord and nerve roots
Back injuriesSevere (ii)£69,600 to £82,980Nerve root damage with loss of sensation
Back injuriesSevere (iii)£36,390 to £65,440Disc lesions or fractures
Back injuriesModerate (i)£26,050 to £36,390Residual disability with cases such as crush injuries
Back injuriesModerate (ii)£11,730 to £26,050Disturbed ligaments causing backache and the like
Back injuriesMinor (i)£7,410 to £11,730Other pain disorders
Back injuriesMinor (ii)£2,300 to £7,f410Full recovery without surgery

For a free consultation about how much skiing accident compensation you could claim, please get in touch with our specialist advisors today.

No Win No Fee Snowboarding And Skiing Accident Claims

A Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) allows a personal injury lawyer to work on your behalf without having to request any upfront fees to do so. Having a team of expert ski accident solicitors take up your claim on a No Win No Fee basis allows you the time to claim for your suffering without the financial worry of paying for legal advice.

A No Win No Fee agreement sets out the amount you would have to pay for legal costs incurred – but only if your case is successful – meaning you would pay using the skiing accident compensation you’re awarded. Should your case not be successful, you won’t have anything to pay at all. It is worth noting that the majority of personal injury claims never go before a judge because a defendant’s insurer typically offers to settle them out of court.

To find out more about our No Win No Fee agreements, please contact us today and take advantage of our free initial no-obligation consultation to see if you could be eligible to make skiing accident claims.

How We Can Help With Skiing Accidents And Injuries

At Legal Expert, we make it our mission to ensure that clients receive the skiing accident compensation that they deserve. With over 30 years of handling skiing accident claims and the like, our panel of personal injury lawyers is here to help, whatever your situation.

Our team of solicitors always respect the personal injury claims time limit associated with a specific case. With years of experience working on successful ski accident claims for clients in the past, we know our way around a courtroom.

We provide a free, initial, no-obligation consultation to all our clients which allows us to assess a case before offering the kind of legal advice needed in what can often be a complex claim, more especially when establishing liability is challenging. This ensures you receive the right level of compensation for a skiing accident that you experienced due to the negligence of a third party.

If you suffered a skiing injury and need to talk to someone, our claims lines are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

We are recognised nationally as being one of the top personal injury claims providers and we are regulated by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and The Law Society.

Skiing Accident Claims FAQs

Who can be responsible for accident?

Anyone with a duty of care to you could be held liable for your accident if they fail to uphold it and you suffer as a result. This could be anyone from your skiing instructor to those in control of the resort that you’re skiing in.

Can you sue someone for a ski accident?

If a third party failed to uphold their duty of care to you and you suffered a skiing accident as a result, you could be able to make a claim against them.

How long can I make a claim after an accident?

Personal injury claims have 3-year time limits. Therefore, if you try and claim outside of this period, you won’t be eligible for compensation. However, exceptions apply to those unable to claim within the time limit (for example, if they’re under 18).

Can you get injured skiing?

The Foreign Office released a report using statistics from ABTA, demonstrating the dangers of not planning ahead when skiing. This is seen in the staggering rate of 1/3 holidaymakers not checking whether their travel insurance covers snowsport-related injuries before skiing. What’s more, 118 British holidaymakers were hospitalised between 2012 and 2016 due to ski-related accidents, with a further 58 fatalities.

These numbers show just how dangerous skiing can be, particularly if the risks involved aren’t properly considered.

Do I need a solicitor?

Acquiring the help of a personal injury lawyer can increase your claim’s chances of success. However, it’s not a legal requirement to have one handle your case.

What is a No Win No Fee agreement for?

No Win No Fee agreements allow you to hire a solicitor without the usual financial risk involved in the claims process. This is because there are no fees to pay unless the compensation case is won, meaning the client will never have to pay out of pocket.

How can Legal Expert help?

We have a panel of personal injury lawyers with over 30 years of experience handling claims like yours. What’s more, they always work on a No Win No Fee basis.

How can I contact Legal Expert?

Please see the section below for information on how to get in touch with our team today.

Speak To Legal Expert Today

You can speak to a personal injury solicitor from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, by calling us free of charge on 0800 073 8804.

Should you wish for us to call you, please fill out the “call back” form provided and a legal expert will get back to you asap.

You can also send us an email to which we will reply promptly at info@legalexpert.co.uk

Useful Links

Holiday Accident Claims Guide

Find out how much you can claim for your holiday accident.

Packaged Holiday Compensation Claims Guide

View Legal Experts compensation guide for packaged holidays find out if you are eligible to claim.

Personal injury claims calculator

This link provides more information about how claims work and to calculate what compensation you might be due, our article explains the process in depth.

Safety advice about skiing

This link takes you to the ROSPA website that offers great advice on staying safe when skiing.

Staying safe on the slopes

This link takes you to the Government website that provides essential advice on preparing for a skiing holiday abroad.

Thanks for reading our skiing accident claims guide. We hope we’ve illustrated how you could secure the skiing accident compensation that you deserve.

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