From the Jackson Hole News & Guide
March 2, 2012
A New York couple are suing Four Seasons Resort for negligence, alleging a ski fall and failed rental binding left the woman unable to perform “marital duties.”
The suit, filed in 9th District Court on Monday, alleges a ski binding on equipment rented from the resort’s ski shop failed to release during a fall.
Four Seasons representatives hadn’t yet been notified of the suit Thursday, resort spokeswoman Michelle Duncan said. The suit also names eight affiliated companies.
Lawrence and Ann Cohn were visiting the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole in Teton Village in 2008, according to court documents. During that visit, the Cohns rented skis, boots and bindings from the resort’s ski shop, the suit alleges.
While skiing, Ann Cohn’s left ski binding “inexplicably” failed to release during a “routine fall on an easy run,” according to the complaint.
Cohn dislocated her knee and broke two bones in her leg, including her tibia, which broke into 40 pieces, the suit alleges.
The Cohns claim the injury was a direct result of Four Seasons’ negligence from failing to provide safe and properly adjusted equipment.
“Because plaintiff was skiing at such a low rate of speed on an easy run, the injuries she suffered could not have been caused in the absence of the negligence of the defendants,” the complaint reads.
Though it has been four years since the accident, Ann Cohn has “chronic pain, weakness and limited range of motion,” the suit alleges.
Also due to the injury, Ann Cohn cannot perform “necessary family and marital duties now and in the future” for Lawrence Cohn, the suit alleges. As a result, Lawrence Cohn “has been deprived of the services, society, consortium and companionship of his wife,” greatly impairing the couple’s enjoyment, according to the suit.
The Cohns are asking a judge to award financial damages in an amount to be decided at trial. The complaint asks that these damages include past and future medical expenses resulting from Ann Cohn’s injury and loss of earning capacity.