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$303K Settlement in Copper Mountain Ski Collision Case

Our client, an Orthopedic Surgeon, was struck from behind by an out of control skier on Rhapsody Run at Copper Mountain on 11/24/19. Client had slowed for a “slow zone” and described the collision as being “hit by a truck.” Client suffered multiple fractures and was hospitalized for 6 days at St. Anthony’s. He lost […]

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$356,000: Vail Skier Crashes Into 9-year-old

On Sunday, March 11, 2012 (Spring Break), B.P. (then 9 years of age) was skiing at Vail Ski Resort in Eagle County, Colorado. Lee Skavanger skied into B.P. from uphill, behind, and at high speed, causing B.P. to sustain a right, mid-shaft femur fracture. Vail Ski Patrol attended B.P. at the scene and evacuated him […]

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$345,000 Settlement in Multi-Car Collision Accident

Mr. Hanna was parked on the southbound HWY 36 shoulder with his hazard lights on. Mr. Hanna began to make a sharp and sudden left-hand turn onto eastbound Neva Road, which had him crossing both southbound and northbound lanes of HWY 36 traffic. The left front side of Hanna’s 2009 Nissan Maxima struck the front […]

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$2 Million: Denver Pedestrian Accident

B.W. was a pedestrian crossing Sheridan Blvd. at Byron, walking in the crosswalk with the pedestrian walk signal. Mr. Gomez was working as an employee of Compass Construction when he made a right hand turn on red, colliding into B.W.. Since Mr. Gomez was acting within the course and scope of his employment, Compass Construction’s […]

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Parents Push for Colorado Chairlift Safety

Parents have joined forces to urge Colorado lawmakers to be aggressive towards the legislation renewing the Colorado Passenger Tramway Board into 2030. Parents want more flexibility to safeguard the state’s chairlifts. Lisa Wilder, a parent and ski safety advocate and other parents of skiing children, are pressuring lawmakers to be stricter with the board that […]

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Breckenridge Skier Hit by Snowboarder

On February 17, 2017, J.S. was skiing on the Columbine trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Summit County, Colorado. J.S. was skiing below Jess Porter on this intermediate run. Mr. Porter was snowboarding at a high rate of speed when crashed into J.S. from behind. J.S. was skiing with a companion who was behind him […]

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$8.3 Million Verdict for Minor Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury

A 17 year-old skier was night skiing down Eagle’s Swoop, an open intermediate slope at Wintergreen ski resort in Nelson County, Virginia. On the night of the accident, a snow groomer emerged from the tree line on skier’s left of Eagle’s Swoop, pivoted uphill, and then began driving about 300′ straight uphill close to the […]

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