Substantial recovery following use of defective ski equipment

Posted by Daniel Scognamiglio on

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This is a recent example of a successful recovery that we made of about £40,000 to include an insurer's outlay for medical expenses. Our client was on a ski package holiday which included ski equipment hire. She collected her skis on arrival but did not ski until the following day. During a casual fall on the slopes the boots failed to release from the bindings. It was subsequently discovered that in the course of the accident she had sustained a fractured tibia and a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee.

Proceedings were brought in England against the UK tour operator on the basis its local supplier had failed to ask for basic information when providing the skis. This meant the bindings were not adjusted to take account of our client's height, weight and skiing ability. Evidence from a ski expert showed this was more likely than not the cause of the boots failing to release and the subsequent injury.

After a battle with the tour operator, and shortly before trial, the case settled. Our client and their insurer were delighted with the result, commenting "I have been really impressed with your constant perseverance, professionalism and expertise when discussing my ski injury, especially whilst dealing with the medical specialists. I have never been involved in a claim before and did not know what to expect so thank you for always keeping me updated, never over promising and always providing realistic timescales."

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About the Author

Daniel leads our travel team. He is a specialist in multi-jurisdictional disputes, travel insurance litigation and tour operator liability and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Attorney at Law (non-practising) New York.

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