The parents of a little girl killed in a skiing accident last year have filed a lawsuit against the mountain ski patrol and the city for wrongful death, negligence and personal injuries.The civil lawsuit which was filed in County District Court says the employees of the Mountain Ski Patrol and the city failed to protect the child from a severely intoxicated and impaired person snowboarding “recklessly” and at “excessive speeds.”The child’s family seeks payment for medical expenses,loss of life and other damages, with the specific amounts to be determined at trial, according to the complaint.As an experienced attorney I have reviewed many cases of wrongful death and have completed same with favorable results.
The accident occurred on Christmas eve, when 23 year old man was snowboarding on the Black Diamond run and collided with a woman and her 5 year old daughter. The child and the snowboarder were killed and the mother suffered serious injuries.Witness statements from the complaint said that the Black Diamond run was very slick by the afternoon when mother and daughter were skiing. The Black Diamond run requires high skill levels and had just opened for the season at the city-owned ski area.The mother and daughter had skied only partway down the slope when the little girl’s skis had come off. They were the only skiers on the run at the time, and they stopped to put the child’s skis back on at about the same time the snowboarder began the run.He was estimated to have been traveling at speeds above 40 to 50 mph and had appeared intoxicated earlier in the day. A toxicology report later showed the snowboarder had trace amounts of cannabis in his system, but an investigation found he committed no crime at the time of the accident.The snowboarder had been repeatedly cited for snowboarding recklessly at high speeds in the past and was known for his dangerous behavior, according to the complaint. Despite this repeated behavior the ski patrol employees allowed him on the slopes on that fateful day. The ski patrol members watching the snowboarder’s speedy and reckless descent did not instruct him to stop or warn the mother and daughter.For these precise reasons, the lawsuit demands the ski patrol and the city bear absolute responsibility for the child’s death. If your loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death call my office 800 320-0080,email me or visit my offices in either Rockville or Baltimore today.