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A third of travel insurance claims due to winter sports

26 January 2009 12:11

A third of travel insurance claims due to winter sports

New research from personal injury specialist the Paul Rooney Partnership has revealed that one third of all travel insurance claims are the result of winter sports accidents.

Injuries caused on ski slopes account for the largest proportion of such claims, with a sharp distinction being drawn between casualties arising from snowboarding and from skiing.

According to the partnership, skiers are most likely to injure their knees or thumbs, while snowboarders tend to sustain a wider range of ailments including trauma to the wrist, forearm and ankle.

A spokesman for the group noted that skiing is growing in popularity among Brits - especially young men with limited prior experience - and so it is crucial that people planning on having a winter break this season ensure they take out adequate travel insurance.

He added: "Compared to a beach holiday, the chances of injury are considerably higher, so it's especially important that skiers and snowboarders take out a good insurance policy that will cover them in the event of an accident on the slopes."

Recent research carried out by MoneySupermarket found that 28 per cent of skiers and snowboarders neglect to take out proper travel insurance before going abroad.