Damages For Professional Athlete Following Ski Accident

Damages For Professional Athlete Following Ski Accident

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist International Travel Litigation team have successfully obtained compensation for a professional athlete, who injured his shoulder during a ski accident in Val Thrones, France. 

In December 2010, our client was skiing slowly with three colleagues in slow ‘S’ shape movements at the base of a ski slope at Val Thornes, when he was suddenly hit from behind by another skier. The force of the impact made our client fall backwards and his ski pole and arm became entangled with the other skier's skis.

As a result of the accident, our client suffered a full anterior dislocation of his left shoulder. He was immediately attended to by a ski instructor and was taken off the mountain to the resort’s medical centre. At the medical centre, his shoulder was re-located and he was fitted with a shoulder sling. However, he had suffered a significant amount of internal tissue damage to his left shoulder during the accident, which required further medical treatment and physiotherapy upon his return to the UK.

Due to the treatment required following his injury, our client, who is a national track athlete, had his strict training regime severely disrupted and he lost the level of fitness he had worked extremely hard to achieve.

Our client has now made a full recovery and has been able to compete in track events again. A claim was pursued against the insurers of the skier who ran into our client. Liability was admitted and damages were agreed in the sum of £4,500.

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