Saturday, March 3, 2012

Skiing injury at Heavenly Lake Tahoe draws lawsuit

A skier was recently injured by a snowboarding employee of Heavenly Lake Tahoe. The employee, Andrea Ramos, and Elisabeth Benschop came together on the Olympic ski run. Benschop was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to Barton Memorial in Reno where she was diagnosed with a concussion.

Benschop filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Reno, alleging Ramos was skiing out-of-control in a designated slow zone when the accident occurred. The suit seeks damages in the $75,000 dollar range to cover Benchop’s medical expenses and legal fees.

According to Benschop, Heavenly refuses to acknowledge responsibility for their seasonal employee (Andrea Ramos) from Brazil. Additionally, the Heavenly workers aren’t provided liability insurance or proper training.

A similar lawsuit was filed last season when a Florida woman had a collision January 2011 with a Heavenly snowboarder. This lawsuit was also filed in U.S. Federal Court in Reno, alleging the resort was liable for the employee’s negligence.

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