9-year-old Kane Johnson was skiing on an “easiest” trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort when defendant, an uphill skier and ski instructor at the resort, who was skiing unreasonably fast, collided with the boy. As a result of the defendant’s negligence, Kane suffered damages, including a right, mid-shift femur fracture requiring an open reduction with plating and screws.
On December 7, 2011, Plaintiff Skip Johnson and defendant Kenneth Johnson were skiing at Vail Ski Resort in Vail, Colorado. Kenneth Johnson skied into Skip Johnson from uphill and behind. Skip Johnson sustained a right femur fracture that had to be surgically repaired. The case was brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The case settled for $280,000.
Kyle Buchan was five years old when his grandfather’s vehicle was struck by a truck that had run a stop sign, sending their vehicle into a 270 degree spin. Kyle was properly restrained in a car seat, however, a plow was attached to the defendant’s truck and hit the door closest to Kyle, crashing into his head.
In February 2009, Morton Futterman, M.D. was injured in a skiing accident at the Mountain High East ski resort in Wrightwood, California. Dr. Futterman entered an expert area, after the resort had failed to adequately mark, warn or close portions of the trails and slopes.
Beachem v. Smith and Little Debbie’s Dream Child Care Learning Centers, Inc.
ES was born with a congenital heart defect that her pediatrician failed to diagnose over a period of ten years, despite the fact that ES underwent several diagnostic tests during that time which showed the presence of pulmonary hypertension that was caused by the congenital defect in her heart. Eventually, due to the pediatrician’s delay in diagnosis, ES developed a rare but permanent heart condition that will significantly shorten her life expectancy and that may require her to undergo a total heart / lung transplant in the future.
Natalie Sexton v. Chase Kavcak
An Idaho Springs man was awarded $18.5 million for catastrophic injuries he suffered when a driver drunk left a mountain road and slammed into him as he was laying in his driveway, changing the oil in wife's car.
Johnny Kotun, age 28, was an expert recreational skier. On March 25, 2007 at 4:00 PM, Kotun was traversing along a lower cat walk across the "Wilbere cutoff" and was headed toward one of the lower parking lots at Snowbird Ski Resort. Defendant, a 16-year-old off-duty junior ski instructor, was descending the cutoff, directly under the Wilbere chair lift. Defendant took a jump off of a transition, and performed a 360. He landed, carved two wide arc turns and collided at high speed into Kotun. Kotun was seen and heard waving his arms and shouting at...