New Year’s Day 2017 at Park City, Utah V.T. was descending the upper section of Another World, a blue, or intermediate run, when Mr. Filbrun entered Another World from an unmarked, gladed section of the mountain at a high rate of speed and collided into V.T.
Mr. Filbrun exited the trees at a high rate of speed, such that when he collided into V.T.'s right side and from behind, the speed and force of the impact was sufficient to fracture V.T.’s right femur, lumbar ve1tabrae, and, right ribs. The right-sided fractures are consistent with V.T.' s description of the collision - Mr. Filbrun entering Another World from skier's right, and colliding directly into V.T.
V.T. was, at the time, skiing with a friend and her son, age 17. The teen was behind and to the skier's left of V.T., and witnessed Mr. Filbrun coming out of the trees at
a high rate of speed and into V.T. from the right. When ski patrol arrived, Mr. Filbrun declined to give any written statement.
V.T. was evacuated from the scene by Park City Ski Patrol to the Park City Medical Center. After initial evaluation diagnosed "a comminuted extra-articular mid right femoral shaft fracture with medial displacement, and anterior and lateral angulation of the distal fracture fragment with some overriding of the fracture fragments. There is a displaced lateral butterfly fragment measuring 5.6 cm in length." CT revealed nondisplaced posterior right ninth through 11th rib fractures and right transverse process fractures of L2 through L4. Park City Medical Center decided that "for these reasons the patient will require transfer to a higher level of care to a level I Trauma Ctr. as she has multiple organ injuries."
University Hospital admitted V.T. as a trauma II patient, noting "there was a high probability of imminent or life-threatening deterioration in the patient's condition due to right femur fracture, multiple rib fractures, spinal process fractures. The failure to initiate or maintain interventions such as continuous vital signs monitoring, frequent trips to CT scanner and x-ray, need for frequent pain medications, blood pressure monitoring, oxygen saturation monitoring and assisting ortho with right femur traction on an urgent or ongoing basis would likely result in sudden clinically significant or life-threatening deterioration in this case."
V.T. remained at University Hospital from January 17 through January 23, 2017. During her hospital course, she underwent intramedullary nailing of her femur, and worked extensively with physical therapy post-operatively. On discharge, V.T. was "touch down weight bearing" on her right leg. V.T. was cleared to return to New Jersey and advised to establish care there for follow up.
Settlement was reached without filing a lawsuit for $300,000.