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Professional Athlete recovers Damages following Ski Accident

The specialist International Travel Litigation team at Irwin Mitchell were instructed to act on behalf of a client following a ski accident in Val Thrones, France.  

On Monday 6th December 2010, our client was skiing at the base of a ski slope at Val Thornes, in France.  

Our client was skiing very slowly with three colleagues in slow, ‘S’ shape movements when he was unexpectedly struck from behind by another skier.

 The impact resulted in our client’s legs being taken out from underneath him and, as he fell backwards, his ski pole and arm became entangled and locked out with the other skiers’ skis. As a result of the collision, our client sustained a full anterior dislocation of his left shoulder.  

He was attended to by a Ski Instructor who assessed the situation and requested a ‘Medivac’ to assist him off the slope. He was taken directly to the Val Thorens Medical Centre where his shoulder was re-located. He was fitted with a shoulder sling and provided with painkillers and anti-inflammatory tablets. He had sustained a high level of traumatic internal tissue damage to his left shoulder and was required to seek further medical advice upon return to the UK. He also required a course of physiotherapy to assist the healing process. 

Our client is a well known National Track Athlete. A strict training regime in which he had become accustomed to and the level of fitness he had worked extremely hard to achieve was severely disrupted. Thankfully, he made a full recovery and he has been able to regain his pre-accident level of fitness and he has returned to competing in track events. He has not skied since the incident.  

A claim was pursued against the insurers of the skier who ran into our client. Liability was admitted and damages were agreed in the sum of £4,500.

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