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Skiing Accident in Austria
£7,000 recovered following a skiing accident in Austria
Mrs S and her husband were on a skiing holiday in Austria. When the accident happened, Mrs S was talking to a friend. As she stood on the side of the piste she was run down by another skier who failed to see her.
As a result of the accident Mrs S sustained a fracture to the tibia and fibula. She was incapacitated over a period of three months during which time she could not go shopping, drive or carry out any of the usual household tasks.
We successfully argued that the other skier had breached International Ski Federation (FIS) rules and the Defendant’s insurers accepted liability in principle.
The claim had to be pursued under Austrian law and in Austria. Therefore, her damages had to be assessed under Austrian principles. Following negotiations with the Austrian insurers, our client was awarded £1,683 in respect of her financial losses and £5,500 for the pain and suffering caused by her injury.
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