Don't overreact to one isolated case
Here's the article from the Seattle paper on the case.http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...paward07m.html
I know that its easy to read the headline and get outraged, but there are a number of things to consider:
1. The jury assessed both the skier and the resort with fault for the accident.
2. The skier's responsibility is to check the jump (which he didn't), but a resort has a responsibility to build these appropriately, including figuring out a landing area, which they didn't do. Especially given the size the jump that's just dumb. Even more so, when you consider all of the other people getting hurt on this same jump. It sounds like there was a failure on both parties.
3. The skier got paralyzed and his estimated total medical bills are between $23-26 million; the total verdict was for $31 million, but reduced based on the skier's comparative fault.
4. The resort has $30 million in insurance to pay the verdict (and it's going up on appeal, so the check isn't cut yet-remember the McDonald's verdict was reduced upon appeal, so the the lady was able to pay her medical bills, but not much else).
5. The average health insurance policy has a lifetime limit of $2 million; so if there's no liability lawsuit we (meaning the taxpayers) will ultimately end up footing this guy's medical costs.
6. Each state's laws are slightly different. For example, in CO, ski resorts are granted immunity from lawsuits, so this lawsuit wouldn't happen there.
Understand that I can't say whether the verdict is right or not, without more facts, but I do get tired of people over-reacting to every large verdict published in the newspaper-especially ones which gain notoriety in this internet age (for example, the "Stella Awards," which make the e-mail circuit every year, are all fakes).
Finally, if Lake louise is really taking out all their jumps, its their stupidity, especially because the tort system in Canada is totally different the here in the US.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a lawyer who does personal injury cases. I have never sued a ski resort, or even looked at a case where I thought it was close. Because I work on a contingent fee, it is very bad business to take cases which have little or no chance of being successful, which most of the potential cases are.
Thanks (in advance) for not completely flaming me in your replies!