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Every ski accident costs 70,000 Euros

50,000 skiers or snowboarders were injured in Austria last year and caused high economical costs. On average, every ski accident costs 70,000 Euros.

The Kuratorium for Alpine Safety has counted eight deaths and 530 injuries during this ski season in Salzburg. Skiing is not only the sport of the nation; thousands of holidaymakers come to the country every year to go skiing.

That is why it is not surprising that a quarter of all accidents in Austria happen on ski pistes. 50,000 skiers and snowboarders injured themselves in crashes or by falling over last year.

The amount of 70,000 Euros include the treatment after the accident, insurance costs and costs due to being absent at jobs. This is more than 3 billion Euros in total.

The hospital in Schwarzach (district of Pongau) is one of the centres for injured skiers in the state of Salzburg. Around 100 injured skiers are treated there per day.

Chief physician of the hospital, Manfred Mittermair, sees something positive in the increased costs: the better methods of treatment. "The patient can be taken back to normal life much earlier. Although the primary costs have increased, it was possible to reduce the general costs."

"Craniocerebral traumas were reduced by people wearing helmets, but injuries caused due to high speed have increased", Dr. Mittermair observed. "Complicated injuries as well as injuries caused by skiing off-piste have become more current."

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