Ski Accident Claim Settled Out of Court

February 6th, 2017 | By injuryclaims

A claim for a skiing accident made against a ski lift operator has been settled through out-of-court negotiations.

Tom Giddens, aged twenty-five from Solihull in the West Midlands, went on a skiing holiday in the French ski resort of Val Thorens. However, whilst he and a friend were on a ski lift to the summit of the slope, the lift stopped.

Tom and his friend stayed on the lift, waiting for it to start moving again. Whilst sitting on the lift, the pair were very exposed to the cold weather and were growing uncomfortable. Tom attempted to call an emergency number provided by the lift operators, but could only get through to a French message service.

After nearly thirty minutes of waiting on the ski lift, Tom and his friend decided to try and jump to the slope below. Tom’s friend managed to safely lower himself to the ground, though in Tom’s attempt to jump her fractured his leg.

After the accident, Tom was rushed to the resort’s medical centre and received emergency treatment. He was then transferred to the nearby Moutiers Hospital, where a metal pin was inserted into his leg to help it heal and set properly.

Five days after the operation, Tom flew back to the UK. He spent the next five weeks at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield. Even after his discharge, he was on crutches and had to undergo a course of physiotherapy for a year and a half. Since his accident, Tom has not been able to exercise as much as he normally would.

Tom consulted a personal injuries solicitor and proceeded to make a claim for ski accident compensation against Societe D’Exploitation des Telepheriques Tarantaise-Maurienne, the ski lift operators. In the claim, he alleged that they had substandard safety procedures. Though the company initially denied liability, after Tom filed for court proceedings in France they agreed to enter negotiations. The claim was then settled for an undisclosed five figures.

Categories: Holiday Injury CLaims


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