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Skiing – the only sport you pay an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg

December 23, 2020 Personal Injury Claims

The future of Scottish skiing is looking promising.  There is certainly a big demand for winter sports at the moment and with Covid-19 seeing less people venturing abroad to the Alps, Scottish ski resorts are anticipating a record visitor numbers this season.

In the year of the ‘staycation’, skiing is becoming an increasingly popular activity for families and friends, looking to wrap up and socialise outdoors over the colder months. You can get your taste for the white stuff at Glenshee Ski Centre, Glencoe Mountain Resort, the Nevis Range or The Lecht this winter.

Skiing is a seriously fun but high-risk sport. It may come as no surprise that plummeting down the face of a snow-capped mountain at high speed, with your feet attached to two wooden planks, does carry with it an element of risk.  In fact, researchers estimate that about 600,000 people are injured each year as a result of skiing and snowboarding. While most injuries, like cuts and bruises and fractures, are not life-threatening, in some cases, skiers and snowboarders suffer serious head, back or neck injuries.

Sometimes, these are accidents and no one at is at fault. However, in some cases, the accident could have been preventable and you may be able to bring a compensation claim against the person or company who was at fault. It is worth knowing your rights and what to do if you are injured on the ski slopes as result of negligence.

In order to be successful in any personal injury action, the pursuer must prove beyond the balance of probabilities that:

In order to be successful for a skiing injury, you must therefore prove that there has been a breach of duty. It is useful to gather as much evidence as possible to support your case. For example, taking a photograph or video of the faulty equipment or poorly maintained slope. It could also be useful to take details of any eye-witnesses to the incident.

It is important to note that the actions of skiing will be assessed according to the practice and law of the country in which the accident occurs. In Scotland, skiing standards are marked against the International Ski Federation’s Rules of Conduct:

If you or someone you know suffers from a preventable injury when skiing this winter, why not speak to us. Making a claim for a sporting injury is often easier than you think and could give you access to support such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy, while also being able to cover any financial losses including travel costs and time off work. We offer ‘’ agreements to ensure your case is investigated at no cost to you. Get in touch with one of our today at  or give us a call 0141 375 1222.

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