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Skiing Injury Claims

Skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports will always involve some amount of risk. Accidents happen, but if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s mistakes, our lawyers may be able to help you make a skiing injury claim.

Our solicitors are experienced with international claims and we have links with law firms around the world. Wherever your accident has happened, we can help.

Can I Make A Skiing Injury Claim?

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

  • Improper training from an instructor
  • Faulty or inappropriate equipment, such as hire skis or boots
  • Faulty or unsafely operated machinery, such as ski lifts
  • Collisions with out of control skiers or snowboarders.

You can claim compensation whether you’ve returned to the UK or are still abroad. You can also claim on behalf of someone else if they are unable to claim themselves.

How Much Skiing Injury Compensation Can I Claim?

The amount of compensation that you can claim will depend on your individual circumstances. We’ll calculate the value of your claim to cover:

  • Current and future loss of earnings if you've missed any work
  • Medical expenses (both while you’re on holiday and back in the UK)
  • Travel expenses for getting to medical appointments
  • Care and rehabilitation costs
  • The cost of home modifications or mobility aids
  • Loss of enjoyment from your holiday

How Long Do I Have to Make A Skiing Injury Claim?

The time limits for claiming personal injury compensation differ widely between countries. You should contact us as soon as possible to make sure that your claim is successful.

No Win No Fee Skiing Injury Claims

Most of the skiing injury claims that we handle are No Win No Fee. This means that you don’t pay anything upfront, and that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim isn’t successful*.

You may also be able to pay for your claim with Legal Expenses Insurance included with your home or travel insurance. Our team will explain all your options in a free initial consultation.

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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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    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Skiing Injury 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 Skiing Injury 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 When I Get Home?
    • 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 Make A Skiing Injury Compensation Claim?

You may be able to make a skiing injury claim if you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident 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.

You can claim on behalf of someone else if they are under the age of 18 or are unable to claim themselves, for example if they have sustained a brain injury. You can also claim on behalf of a loved one who has died in a skiing accident.

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 the accident, and offer our advice on your options.

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How Do I Make A Skiing 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 witnesses. 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 and contact whoever's responsible, and their insurers. 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.

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

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A 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 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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