A skier who sustained severe facial injuries from a high-speed accident on the slopes is suing the family of a child who allegedly hit her with a pair of skis.
Louise Timbrell, 42, was skiing in the French Alps in February 2015 when she was reportedly struck by the blades that were slung over a young girl's shoulder, reports the Daily Mail.
Timbrell, a resident of England, said she was standing still when she was hit by the skis as the girl sped past her.
"There were a lot of people about, because it was half term, so I stopped to let people pass me," she explained. "Then I just remember getting hit in the face. It all happened so quickly and the next thing I knew I was lying in the snow going in and out of consciousness.I could just hear my children screaming and crying and my face was in so much pain."
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Her face was cut from her cheek to her lip, leaving a hole in the right side of her face. "My hood was filled with blood and straight away I knew it was really serious," she said.
She was rushed to the hospital, where she received six internal stitches to repair her severed upper lip muscle, plus eight external stitches to the outer and inner lip.
As a result of scarring caused by the surgery, she has difficulty drinking fluids.
The accident also caused emotional distress, she contends, noting that she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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"I get flashbacks and have nightmares. Just looking at my face is a reminder every day of what happened to me. The accident has dramatically changed my life. I am terrified of going skiing again, something that has been a tradition for me and my family for a long time."
As a result of physical, mental and financial toll of the accident, Timbrell has hired a law firm and is suing the family of the young skier who allegedly hit her.
According to the U.S. National Ski Areas Association, an average of just over 40 people in the U.S. alone die annually in skiing and snowboarding accidents, reports CNN.