Cold weather is here and ice skating is great exercise and family fun. But lacing up skates and taking to the ice comes with some unique risks to one’s safety and well-being. Whether you’re enjoying Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon, Logan Square Skate Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, or a local park or rink, falling on ice, crashing into retaining boards, or colliding with other skaters exposes you to risks of injury including head injuries, broken bones and in serious cases, wrongful death.
As an attorney, every day I am personally involved in fighting for those injured as a result of the negligence and carelessness of others. I help victims gain the compensation they deserve. If you are injured while participating in recreational ice skating, figure skating, and amateur hockey, you should keep the following things in mind.
Voluntary Assumption of Risk.
Ice skating with others on a confined sheet of ice is an inherently dangerous activity. In Illinois, the overriding legal concept applicable to on-ice skating injuries – Voluntary Assumption of Risk – means that any reasonable person is aware that when lacing up their skates for the purpose of gliding over a sheet of ice, accidents can happen. This common-sense principle applies to falls, collisions with others, and crashing into retaining walls. These are risks that the skater assumes. Public or private rinks are generally not liable for injuries experienced during these obviously dangerous activities. Their defense is that the participants voluntarily assume the risk of injuries while participating in these activities. If you have a personal injury claim related to an ice-skating accident you will need to prove why the ice skating rink or an individual is liable.
When Others May Be Liable.
There are situations where a public or private skating rink may be liable for an injury suffered by a customer, guest, or participant. Rink and park operators have a duty to keep their facility safe for patrons. They must maintain their premises and equipment. Failure to meet these obligations can make the operator liable for injuries resulting from their negligence. They may be liable if a slip or fall occurs off the ice in an area where proper maintenance should have eliminated dangers. Also, if the rink did not provide reasonable security to protect participants from disruptive or violent patrons on the ice and an injury resulted, the rink may be liable. In some situations, victims might be able to pursue compensation for damages from a third party, such as another skater or an equipment manufacturer.
What To Do If You’re Injured.
If you or a loved one is injured, through no fault of your own, while participating in recreational ice skating, you should seek compensation for the pain, suffering, and necessary medical treatment. These accidents can lead to broken bones, muscle strains, aches, concussions, and even serious, life-changing injuries.
The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner apply a disciplined approach to gain a comprehensive understanding of the facts, issues, and injuries in order to give you advice on the best possible courses of action. We know the territory, the pitfalls, and the hurdles.
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The Attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner are knowledgeable and expert in personal injury lawsuits. These accidents, their cause, and determining responsibility in a personal injury case can be very complicated and complex.
We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. Big insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a highly-trained, skilled attorney to protect your rights. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. Our 50-Years of experience counts.
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If you or a loved one is injured due to the negligence of others, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.