How to Claim After a Snowboarding Accident

Author:
Ross Smith
Ross Smith, Partner, Head of Travel LEI
Date:
28/02/2022

Following an incredible Winter Olympics and with COVID restrictions in winter resorts lifting, the ski season is well underway. Lots of us are planning to hit the slopes over the next few weeks to catch the last of the snow.

However, a word of warning if you’re planning to ditch the skis in favour of a board: It’s been proven that snowboarders are between 50% to 70% more likely to get injured than skiers. Whether you’re a seasoned snowboarder or you’re planning to try it for the first time, it’s worth knowing what to do if you have a snowboarding accident whilst you’re away.

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Why are Snowboarding Accidents More Common Than Skiing Accidents?

Before you change allegiance and join the skiers in the age-old debate about which is better: snowboarding or skiing, it’s not all doom and gloom for snowboarders.

Research shows that although you’re more likely to get injured on a snowboard, you’re less likely to die. So that’s good news. But why are snowboarders more prone to accidents?

Equipment

With snowboarding, you’re heading down the mountain with a board fixed to your feet. If you catch an edge, lose control, or collide with someone else, that board will stay, glued to your feet. This can sometimes cause you to twist your knees, hips and ankles which can result in serious injury.

Chair lifts

Coming off a chair lift on a snowboard can be tricky. With skis, you can line them up parallel, and glide off gracefully. On a board, you usually need to take one foot out of the bindings, and awkwardly shuffle off as quickly as possible, as the next chair quickly comes up behind you. The panic to get out of the way of the impending chair, with a cumbersome board on slippery snow can, not surprisingly, cause accidents.

Falling

Because snowboarding is notoriously harder to learn than skiing, if you’re new to the sport, you’ll probably spend the first few days of your snowboarding holiday falling over. When you’re about to fall you will naturally tense and without thinking, you’ll twist your body or even reach a hand out to try and save yourself. This can cause injuries.

What Types of Injuries can you get With a Snowboarding Accident?

Injuries caused by snowboarding accidents can range from minor to severe, in some cases even requiring hospitalisation and ongoing rehabilitation.

Some of the most common injuries resulting from an accident on a snowboard include:

  • concussion;
  • whiplash;
  • shoulder fractures, dislocation, or separation;
  • broken collarbones;
  • wrist sprains;
  • herniated disks or back problems;
  • finger fractures.

What to do if You’re Injured in a Snowboarding Accident

While some snowboarding accidents result in minor injuries, others can have a life-changing impact. If you’ve been injured on a snowboarding holiday, you might be able to claim and receive compensation to help you pay for things like:

  • medical treatment or rehabilitation;
  • loss of earnings if you aren’t able to work because of your injury;
  • extra care and help that you might need after your injury.

How to Make a Claim for a Snowboarding Accident

If you’ve been injured in a snowboarding accident and you want to make a claim, first things first: get the medical treatment you need to get yourself back on the road to recovery.

Then, get in touch with our specialist team of Holiday Claim Solicitors for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll talk through what happened to you and establish if you have a strong case.

Holiday claims are often complicated and can take a while to resolve. But, with over 80 years of experience in handling Holiday Claims, our team of Holiday Claim Solicitors will work hard to get you the outcome you’re after as efficiently as possible.

We don’t use legal jargon and believe in practising total transparency with our clients: You’ll never be surprised with hidden costs or unexpected bills.

We’ll keep you updated throughout the whole claims process, making it our priority to answer any of your questions as quickly as possible.

If you’ve been injured in a snowboarding accident, get in touch with us to see how we can help you.

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