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Accidents & Illness Abroad Claims

Skiing And Other Sports Injury Abroad Claims

When you go skiing or take part in sports abroad, you're accepting some degree of risk. Accidents happen, but if you’ve been injured as a result of someone’s negligence, our lawyers may be able to help you claim compensation.

We’ve helped clients to claim after a wide range of sports and skiing injuries, from broken bones to serious head or spinal injuries with life changing consequences. Some of the most common causes of accidents include:

  • An instructor who hasn't provided proper training
  • Faulty or inappropriate equipment
  • Another participant, such as another skier who has caused a collision
  • Someone operating machinery unsafely, such as a ski lift

However, the person who's ultimately responsible for your compensation might not be the person who directly caused the accident. Instead, you could be making a skiing injury claim against:

  • A resort or hotel that has failed to follow health and safety regulations
  • A tour operator responsible for selecting facilities and services used in a trip
  • A local municipality that's failed to maintain ski slopes safely, or issue proper warnings

With so many different parties involved, and the law on compensation claims changing from country to country, it helps to have the experts on your side. We aim to make the entire process as simple as possible for you, handling every aspect of your skiing accident claim and offering our advice in plain English.

We've secured hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation for our clients who have been injured or become ill overseas, and campaigned for better safety awareness for skiers through our Safety on the Slopes campaign.

To find out how we can help you, call us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation or contact us online and we'll get back to you.

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Skiing & Sports Injury Abroad Claims - More Information
    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household, travel or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – even then your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • In the UK, you usually need to make a compensation claim within three years of your accident or illness.

      In fatal cases, the family of the deceased has three years to make a claim, starting from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

      However, these time limits vary a great deal from country to country and are much shorter in some countries, so when an accident or illness has taken place abroad, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible. We are experts in international law, and have a worldwide network of partner law firms that we work with, so we'll be able to advise you on specific time limits. Contact us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation on your case, and we'll be happy to help.

    • Can I Claim In The UK?
    • Even if your accident or illness occurred abroad, you can often make a claim here in the UK, though this will vary depending on your circumstances. For example, if you suffered an accident or illness while staying in a hotel as part of a package holiday, you should be able to make a claim against the tour operator here in the UK. You can also usually claim in the UK if you’re claiming against an individual insurer or employer that is based in the UK, or a business or insurer based in the EU. The law around compensation is different in each country, so we will consider where it would be best to make your claim in order to get the best possible result for you.

      If you do have to make a claim abroad, there’s nothing to worry about as we have years of experience in helping clients to claim in more than 80 countries around the world. We work with an international network of law firms to represent and support our clients and their families when they need to claim, no matter which country the accident or illness occurred in. Most claims are settled out of court, so it’s unlikely that you will need to travel abroad for a court case. If this is necessary in your case, we will support you every step of the way.

      If you have any questions or concerns about making a claim abroad, contact us on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation. We'll be able to advise you on your options, and talk you through the process.

    • Can I Claim While I'm Still Abroad?
    • If your illness or accident has resulted in a hospital stay in another country, it's still vital that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure you get your claim started within the relevant time limits.

      We can begin working on your claim while you're still abroad – all you need to do is contact us. You can do this online or by phone on +44800 121 6558, or a relative can call us on your behalf on 0800 121 6558.

      You can advise us on the best way to contact you while you're abroad, and you can update this once you're back in the UK if you need to.

I am relieved that our legal battle is finally over. Our holiday was a nightmare and we were so disappointed. We’re glad Irwin Mitchell has managed to achieve a successful outcome for us”

David, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation For A Sporting Injury Abroad?

If you were injured – or a loved one has died – as a result of a sporting accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim.

Our specialist team has helped clients to claim compensation for accidents caused by:

  • Collisions with other skiers and snowboarders
  • Ski lifts and other piste machinery
  • Faulty ski equipment
  • Negligent ski instruction
  • Avalanches and poor piste management

Making a claim after a skiing or other winter sports accident abroad may seem daunting, but we make the whole process as simple as possible for you, using our years of experience in dealing with foreign laws and legal systems – find out more about how we make a snow sports claim.

We've also successfully helped our clients claim compensation for injuries following a wide variety of other sporting accidents where someone else has been responsible, including those that involve:

  • Swimming pools
  • Gyms
  • Defective sporting equipment or facilities
  • Inadequately supervised sporting activities at a beach, swimming pool, or elsewhere
  • Extreme sports
  • Water sports

If you have any questions about how to claim, or have any concerns about whether or not you have a case, call us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation. We'll discuss your accident, and offer our advice on your options.

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What's The Process For A Skiing Or Sports Injury Claim?

We aim to make claiming compensation as simple as possible, handling every aspect of your claim and keeping you informed on progress in plain English.

To start a claim, contact us online or call 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation. We'll discuss your accident, and whether we think you can claim. If we do think you have a case, your claim will usually follow the same four stages:

Stage One: Investigation

We'll establish who's responsible for your injuries, which may involve examining health and safety policies at resorts, or talking to people who witnessed the accident.

In a collision between two skiers, for example, greater responsibility normally lies with the party who is uphill as the skier downhill can't see what's happening behind them. In these cases, witnesses can be essential.

You'll also have a medical examination to determine the full extent of your injuries, and if there's any treatment or support that could help your recovery.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

We'll arrange for you to access any care or support that you are entitled to from a provider close to your home, where possible.

Stage Three: Compensation

We'll work out how much compensation you'll get based on a few factors, including:

  • Your condition, and its severity
  • Psychological trauma
  • Current and future loss of earnings if you've had to stop working in the short or long-term
  • Medical expenses you've had and will have to pay both abroad and in the UK, as well as travel expenses to any appointments
  • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
  • Modifications to your home
  • Mobility aids
  • The amount you had spent on your holiday or travel abroad, and the loss of enjoyment you've experienced
  • Your pain and suffering

We'll then put the case to whoever's responsible, and their insurers. They may accept blame early on, or could contest the claim, which would result in your case going to court. Most claims settle out of court with any hearings attended by your representative – but if you do have to go to court, we'll be there to represent and support you and your family.

Stage Four: Conclusion

When your case concludes, you'll be awarded compensation if you're successful. In no win, no fee cases in England and Wales our fees will mostly be paid by your opponent, with a portion of your compensation settlement covering the rest.

If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

See our Making Your Snow Sports Claim guide for more information.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Sporting Or Skiing Accident Claim?

We have years of experience in helping people to claim after sporting accidents overseas. We can help you navigate foreign legal systems, working with our network of overseas partners to make sure your claim runs as smoothly as possible.

When you make a claim with us, we handle every aspect of your case, and support you every step of the way. When you need to make a decision, we'll offer our advice in plain English, without any legal jargon.

Our team of specialist international personal injury lawyers is the largest in the UK and, thanks to our comprehensive approach, we've secured hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation for our clients who have been injured or become ill abroad.

To find out more about how to make a claim, and how we can help, call us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation about your claim.

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Our International Expertise


Our lawyers are recognised as leaders in the field of international personal injury claims, and we bring this expertise to your claim. Members of our team regularly lecture internationally, are consulted on law reform issues, and hold key positions in several leading international organisations, including:

  • The Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association
  • The American Association for Justice

We also have a long history of campaigning for improvements in health and safety. Our aim is always to improve the quality of life and levels of compensation for those who have suffered illness or been involved in an accident on holiday.

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