You can make a claim for compensation if you have been injured on an ice rink, so long as it can be proven that the ice rink operator’s negligence caused your accident. However, because ice skating is by its nature a dangerous activity to begin with, claims of this type can present a real challenge for even the most experienced solicitors.
Making a Claim
If it can be proven that an ice rink operator’s negligence caused the accident in which you were injured, then you will have a strong claim for compensation, because ice rink operators have a legal duty of care to protect people from harm.
An ice rink operator’s obligations include keeping all equipment maintained and safe (such as ice skates, protective equipment and barriers), putting up adequate signs to instruct direction on the ice and maintaining the ice itself so it is smooth and free from defects. If it can be proven that an ice rink operator failed in their obligations, then putting forward an injury claim may be straightforward. It is also important to consider that ice rink operators have to fix defects within a reasonable timeframe. If an operator ignores a known issue and this leads to injury, then they will be liable for any related injuries that you have sustained.
In addition to this, an ice rink operator can be held liable for any injuries you sustain as a result of employee negligence. For example, if you were knocked down by an employee on the ice rink, then the rink operator can be sued based on this.
Accidents from Ice Skating
Accidents from ice skating can result in a wide range of injuries. The most common body parts injured on ice rinks are the legs, arms and face. Common injuries include sprained, twisted and broken ankles, sprained, twisted and broken wrists, cut fingers or lacerations to soft tissue, concussion and broken noses. Collar bone injuries are also fairly common.
You can make a claim for any injury sustained on an ice rink, providing that the ice rink operator can be held liable. It is absolutely crucial if you have been injured on an ice rink that you seek sound legal advice. For this, we recommend that you consult a reputable and large law firm, because these invariably have the best lawyers working for them. Otherwise, try to find a lawyer who has processed ice rink skating accidents before so that you can be sure of the best and most relevant legal representation moving forward. A good lawyer will be able to build you a strong case for compensation and they will also support you through the claims process and push for the maximum pay-out possible.