How Much an Ice Skating Rink Is Liable for a Skating Accident?

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If you have been injured on an ice skating rink, then you may be eligible for compensation. However, simply because an ice skating accident has happened does not automatically mean that you would be successful with a claim. For you see, ice skating is dangerous and the people who take part know this. And so, to be successful with a claim, you have to prove that the operator is legally responsible for the accident taking place.

Liability for ice rink accidents

Operators of ice skating rinks have a duty of care to make sure that all equipment is safe and fit for use. This means that all ice skates offered to the public must be checked regularly, and the rink itself and its safety barrier must afford some protection to people. 

If it can be proven that the operator failed in their duty of care, then it may be possible to put forward a compelling case for compensation. However, ice skating rink operators are not liable for all ice skating accidents because of the inherent dangerous nature of ice skating. You should, as a result, seek legal advice following an accident and get informed of your legal rights and how strong your claim for compensation really is.

Proving that an ice rink operator is liable

To be successful with a claim against an ice rink operator it has to be proven that the operator failed to protect you. One way to do this is to look into the health and safety record of the operator to see whether or not they adequately prevented or fixed dangerous conditions that they had been made aware of. If an operator failed to adequately prevent or fix dangerous conditions, then this can be used to form the basis of an injury claim.

For example, ice rink operators should put signs up to warn people about the risks of ice skating and they should also have signs that detail the route customers should take on the ice. Operators should also operate a no food and drink policy on the ice and any debris on the rink should be systematically removed. In addition to this, ice rink operators should be able to identify and remove drunk or dangerous people from the ice. 

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that it will be very difficult to hold an ice skate rink operator liable for injuries arising out of a sudden defect or debris on the ice. For example, the wind blew a box onto the ice rink and you fell because of this, the operator would not be held liable. Although, they would be if they left the box for a period of time.

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