Ice Skating Accident Compensation Claim

Ice skating is a very dangerous activity to partake in – and because of this, it is not always possible to bring a claim forward successfully after being injured ice skating. In a defence, an ice rink operator may be able to prove an “assumption of risk,” - that the claimant knowingly exposed themselves to injury before that injury occurred. If this is the case, it is highly likely that the ice skating accident compensation claim would fail.

Making a claim

However, you may still be eligible for compensation, if it can be proven that the ice rink operator failed in their legal duty of care to protect you. 

For example, operators of ice rinks must ensure that potentially dangerous flaws in the ice are fixed quickly and under the circumstances, the rink should be closed until a fix is made (no matter how long it takes). If the rink was not closed and you injured yourself on a known fault, then the rink operator could be held liable for the injuries that you have sustained. 

In addition to this, an ice rink operator would automatically be held liable for any injuries arising out of employee negligence. For example, if an employee were to injure another skater by tending to the rink or another customer in need of help, then the operator could be held liable for the injuries that you have sustained.

Bringing your claim forward

If you have been injured when ice skating, then you should seek legal advice from a reputable law firm. A reputable law firm will help you to establish your eligibility for compensation and they will help you better understand your legal rights. Compensation for accidents when ice skating can be won by a reputable law firm, however you should also pay close attention to the lawyer they assign to your case. Ideally, you should have a highly experienced lawyer working your case who has won many ice rink claims before.

Duty of care

It is important to remember if you have been injured on an ice rink that the operator has a duty of care to protect customers. Signs must be in place warning people of the dangers of ice skating and signs should also be in place notifying people of the route they should take on the ice, if applicable. In addition to this, there should be maximum number of people allowed on the rink at any one time to avoid overcrowding. Children should also always be accompanied by an adult and food and drink should be forbidden on the ice. If any of these contributed towards your accident, then you may have a strong case for compensation.

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