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Rocky Mountain Region Breaks All-Time Skier Visit Record

The National Association of Ski Areas trade group announced on May 1, 2019, that skier visits in the U.S. increased by nearly 11% over last season with more than 59 million visits. The growth was most dramatic in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Rocky Mountain regions saw skier and snowboarder visits increase by 15.6%. The 2018-19 ski season will go down as fourth best in visitation since 1978. The National Ski Areas Association stated that the Rocky Mountains saw more ski visits than any other region. The visits surpassed 24...


Ski Rage Incident

In 2016 12-year-old J.A. was snowboarding for the first time at Mountain Creek Resort, when he slipped on an ice patch and slid into R.B., a young child on the bunny slope. J.A. was in shock after striking the child and his immediate thought was to get up to make sure R.B. was ok. As J.A. went to stand, he was struck by an adult skier from behind. According to J.A., the adult man stabbed him on his abdomen with the pointed end of his ski pole. The adult man then proceeded to punch J.A. in the face multiple times. J.A. sustained a rib contusion,...


UnitedHealthcare Guilty for Illegally Denying Mental Health Treatment

Earlier this month US Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero issued his decision against United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare for creating internal policies that effectively discriminated against those seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment. Judge Spero also criticized the Company’s medical directors for being “deceptive” under oath. UnitedHealthcare illegally denied treatment for thousands of people. Judge Spero stated, “It is well-established that effective treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders...

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 2018 is projected to have been the deadliest in 3 decades for pedestrians in the U.S.  In the first 6 months of 2018, state highway safety offices in all 50 states and D.C. reported pedestrian fatalities. The association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2018, which is the highest number since 1990. The rise in auto pedestrian deaths comes at a time when all other traffic deaths are on the decline.


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.


Channel 7 Interviews Jim Chalat on Lift Safety

Following a fatal fall from a chair lift at Granby Ski Area, Channel 7 performed an in-depth investigation into why the lift malfunctioned and whether others are at risk when visiting Colorado ski resorts. Read the full report here.


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.


Aspen SkiCo Weiner Roast Causes Lift Accident

This case involved a lift loading accident at the base of the Deep Temerity bowl in Aspen Highlands.  Ryan Bradley, a Basalt Middle School teacher, outdoorsman and expert skier, was in line to board the Deep Temerity lift on a snowy Presidents’ Day weekend.  The lift attendants were grilling hot dogs and passing them out to the crowd.  Approximately 15 minutes earlier, the Deep Temerity lift was stopped and a chair was rigged with a support structure to evacuate an injured skier in a toboggan.  The lift attendants had forgotten that the chair with...


Denver Post: $10M Verdict for Medical Malpractice Victim