This is from the “who knew” category of ski law – ski accident claims are recognized in China! A skier who was injured in a skiing accident four years ago was yesterday awarded 80,000 yuan (about US$13,000) in compensation at the Xuhui District People’s Court.
The plaintiff, surnamed Wang, filed a lawsuit against his travel agent and a ski resort in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province after hurting his neck and arms in a fall while skiing in January 2011, the court heard.
His case was essentially a negligence claim, arguing that the accident happened because he was allowed to go onto a slope that was too advanced for his skill level. As a beginner, he said the resort and his tour company should have not exposed him to the dangers of a more advanced slope.
Neither company admitted liability and both refused to reimburse Wang’s medical expenses, so he took the legal action earlier this month seeking 200,000 yuan in compensation.
The Xuhui court ruled in his favor, though it observed that as Wang was a 50-year-old man he also had a responsibility to take care of himself. As such, it apportioned 60 percent of the blame to Wang and 40 percent to the travel company and operator of the ski resort.