A man paralyzed in a tubing accident sued a ski resort for 23 million dollars. While skiing the plaintiff lost his footing and flew headfirst down the tubing course and directly through the rubber mats intended to slow him down and subsequently crashed headfirst into a cement wall.The man is now a paraplegic; paralyzed from the waist down.
.According to the U.S. ski association 35 skiers and 12 snowboarders suffered fatal injuries during the 2012-13 season in which over 10 million people skied. But lawsuits for ski resorts are not unusual. This lawsuit argued that the resort was negligent in setting up and operating the snow tube runs and accuses the resort of “failure to design a barrier wall with sufficient safety protection”. The lawsuit further stated that more advanced technology was available but wasn’t in place and the existing barrier had some padding but lacked sufficient give to save his client.The lawsuit awarded 23 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.The 55 year old victim will need a lifetime of care and medical bills and needs a full time nurse.The ski resort has since upgraded it’s safety systems and is looked into updated technology to protect it’s skiers from further injuries.
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