Winter Sports: Accepting Certain Risks

Legal News
Share
Print

Winter sports are in full swing right now, with the recent heavy snowfalls! But accidents can happen at any time.

Accepting normal risks….

Sports like ice skating or downhill skiing involve certain risks, such as falls that can lead to serious injuries. If you choose to practice such activities, you are considered to have accepted the normal and foreseeable risks involved. This means that, if there’s an accident, such as a fall, you will not normally receive compensation for your injuries.

…but not all risks

A sports enthusiast only accepts the risks that are a normal part of the sport in question. For example, if you play hockey, you accept the risk of falling on the ice, but not of being punched by another player.  Likewise, if there is a gaping hole on a ski trail, and no warning is provided, the ski centre can be held responsible if you are injured.