Jim Chalat Chosen Barrister’s Best – Personal Injury Lawyer

Colorado Law Week Barrister’s Choice: Jim Chalat, Chalat Law As a skiier who’s known for ski-related litigation, Jim Chalat may know know the ins and outs of personal injury a little more personally than most. Not many people can say they’re national experts on ski litigation, but he’s one of them. Some of his triumphs in other areas of personal injury include an $18.5 million award in a drunk driving case and a more than $10 million verdict in a medical malpractice case, one of the largest of its kind in Colorado.

Botched Gallbladder Surgery Jury Verdict

Theresa Seto, a 47 year old mother of five, underwent gallbladder removal surgery by Dr. Michael Fraterelli, M.D. at the Medical Center of Aurora. A doctor’s goal in a gallbladder removal surgery is to identify the cystic duct, clip it, and remove the gallbladder. The cystic duct runs from the gallbladder to the common duct. It is the only duct that joins the gallbladder. The common bile duct never joins the gallbladder. Cutting the common duct is life-threatening. There is no meaningful difference in the appearance of the two ducts. The ducts are identifiable only by where they run. The…

Jury Awards Injured Skier $263K

On February 17, 2015, Tom Dubert, a Chicago Fire Paramedic, was skiing at Keystone on vacation with his son and family friends. The five of them began skiing down the Flying Dutchman run. Mr. Dubert and one friend stopped to adjust their equipment while the remainder of the group continued down. Mr. Dubert looked uphill, then began skiing wide, intermediate turns. After about ten to fifteen seconds, Mr. Dubert’s friend saw a snowboarder collide into the back of Mr. Dubert, causing a grade 3 AC joint separation. Mr. Dubert was out of work for two months receiving physical therapy before…

Mother of Teen Shot by Police Files Suit

A Colorado police officer shot a teenager to death through a closed bathroom door as the naked boy prepared to take a shower, his mother claims in court.  CHK&B partner Chris Koupal and of-counsel Mike Thomson, on behalf of  Elizabeth Alvar,  filed a federal complaint against the city of Fountain and its police officer Jonathan Kay for the death of her 17-year-old son, Patrick O'Grady.  To read more, Fountain teenager fatally shot by officer was unarmed.

We Have Moved!

Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker PC has moved our offices to 1600 Broadway into Suite 1920. After almost three decades in the same building, we are thrilled to be opening on Broadway starting Monday, August 2nd! Please come by and allow us to show you our new digs.

City of Steamboat Springs Settles Wrongful Death Case

The City of Steamboat Springs, owner of Howelsen Hill ski area, has settled the wrongful death case brought by Maureen Ryan, the mother of Cooper Larsh. Larsh died on Marsh 17, 2011 from snow immersion suffocation in the Alpine slide area of Howelsen Hill after entering an area that the City had failed to mark as out of bounds. The City had argued that the area was closed to skiers and was indicated as such. Ryan and her attorneys, Jim Chalat and Evan Banker of Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker, argued that the area at the top of the Alpine…

Linda Chalat Member of Law Week’s Round Table

Firm partner Linda Chalat was asked to be one of five female attorneys to sit down with Law Week Colorado for the 2014 Women's Roudtable. The discussion focused on what individuals and firms can do in order to make a more inclusive workplace for women and minority attorneys. As the only personal injury lawyer in the small group, Linda brought a unique perspective to the dialogue. Read Linda's discussion with the other attorneys on the 2014 Women's Roundtable.

Jim Chalat Interviewed on Seach for Hit and Run Snowboarder

A 60-year-old Colorado skier was paralyzed after a snowboarder hit him at Beaver Creek, on April 8th.   The snowboarder then took off leaving the victim unconscious. The victim is still recovering at Denver Health Medical Center and listed in fair condition. Under the Colorado Ski Safety Act, you must stay on the scene and give your name and information to a ski employee if you’re in an accident.  Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of the snowboarder and is still conducting an active investigation.  Fox31 News interviewed Jim Chalat regarding the increase in hit and run accidents…