If you were injured in an ice skating accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Ice skating injuries can have long-term repercussions including significant monetary losses. It’s only right that you should get compensated not just for any financial losses but for your pain and suffering as well.
Can You Claim Compensation For An Ice Skating Accident?
By its very nature, ice skating has its fair share of risks. Those who are new to this sport are more susceptible to getting injured as it takes time to master the art of balancing on ice skates. However, you should understand that you won’t be eligible to claim compensation if your ice skating injuries were caused due to inexperience. You can only claim compensation if your injuries were caused as a result of a no-fault accident. These are accidents that are caused by a third party’s mistake or negligence.
For example, you could claim compensation for ice skating accidents that caused your injuries due to:
- Poor maintenance of the ice skating rink such as uneven ice flooring
- Providing ice skaters with faulty or unsuitable skates and other protective gear
- Poor management and supervision during peak times
- Inadequately trained staff
- Rash and dangerous behaviour of other skaters who are unsupervised
These accidents can result in a wide range of injuries from mild bumps and bruises to more serious lacerations, broken bones, dislocated shoulders, and head or back injuries. A fall caused by a poorly maintained ice rink can escalate very quickly and result in serious injuries if you hit your head on the ice, or if you get caught by another skater’s heavy blades.
Duty Of Care And Responsibility Of Ice Rink Owners/Managers
Anyone who owns or manages an ice rink has a legal duty of care towards their customers, visitors, and employees/staff. This means they have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of anyone who uses or visits the ice rink. Proper maintenance of the ice rink and equipment, ensuring that all staff are properly trained, and supervision of ice skaters form a core part of this legal duty of care.
If an ice skating rink owner fails in their duty of care and you are injured as a result, they can be held liable.
Making An Ice Skating Injury Claim
If you’re not sure whether or not you’re eligible to make an ice skating injury claim, you can speak to one of our personal injury solicitors by calling 0800 6524 881. They will go through the details of how the accident happened, analyse any evidence, and give you expert advice as to your legal rights.
If you have a strong case, and you want to proceed, your solicitor will pull out all the stops to help you legally and financially.
Personal injury solicitors have expert knowledge of personal injury law. They will use their knowledge and experience to put together a strong ice skating injury claim on your behalf. In addition to legal representation, our solicitors all operate on a No Win No Fee basis. If you proceed with a No Win No Fee claim, they will waive any upfront fees and also cover all legal expenses from the beginning to end. You won’t have to pay anything unless your ice skating injury claim is won, in which case a success fee would be collected directly from the compensation settlement.
With a No Win No Fee agreement you don’t pay any out of pocket expenses, neither do you take any financial risk. Instead, you can focus on recovering from your injuries without the additional stress of worrying about legal fees.
How Much Compensation For An Ice Skating Injury Claim?
There is no fixed compensation payout that’s awarded to all ice skating accident victims. Instead, there are two heads of loss (general damages and special damages) that are used to calculate compensation for each claimant, essentially depending on the type and severity of your injuries, as well as your actual financial losses.
General damages includes compensation for the pain and suffering that your injuries have caused. To calculate this amount, you may have to undergo a medical examination to determine the type and severity of your injuries and the length of time it is likely to take for them to heal. This is why it can be so important that you see a doctor and a get a medical check-up immediately after any accident at an ice skating rink. That initial medical report will lend weight to your claim and also help in calculating compensation.
Special damages takes into consideration actual financial losses you’ve incurred as a result of the injuries. This could include:
- All medical expenses
- Cost traveling to and from treatment for your injuries
- Loss of income from having to take leave of absence from work
- Loss of perks and bonuses
- Cost of structural modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate your injuries
- Cost of home care
- Cost of day care for younger kids
For some idea of what compensation could be awarded for various personal injuries, please make use of the compensation calculator below.
Ice Skating Accident Claims Time Limits
What’s important to know is that there is a three-year statute of limitations on filing ice skating personal injury claim. In most situations this time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred, or from the date your injury was diagnosed. It can take some time to gather the necessary evidence and put together a strong case. This is why it is important to get in touch with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your claim and determine the best course of action.
If you’ve been injured as an ice skater and would like to speak to a personal injury solicitor about making an ice skating injury claim for compensation, please contact us today by calling 0800 6524 881.