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 he could return to duty. After six months of active duty, he returned for a follow up appointment and was told by his doctor he would need surgery and would be out of work for another nine months.
The snowboarder denied that he was responsible for the collision. After a three day trial in Breckenridge, Colorado, the jury found that the snowboarder was at fault for the collision, and awarded damages of $263,454.44. You can read more about the case in an article published by Westword. The Vail Daily also ran a story about the verdict.