FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A former Delaware state senator has sued a Maine ski resort nearly three years after he and his daughters were injured in a 35-foot fall from a broken chairlift.
Michael Katz, who suffered a broken back and traumatic brain injury, was the most seriously injured of the eight people hurt in the December 2010 accident at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley. His daughters, 13 and 11 at the time, suffered back and head injuries.
The negligence suit filed Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court seeks unspecified monetary damages.
The lawsuit was filed after efforts to reach an out-of-court settlement failed, Katz's attorney told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/GQQtpm ).
Benjamin Gideon, of Berman & Simmons in Lewiston, said he thinks there were warning signs dating back a number of years that the Spillway chairlift had problems.
"Five chairs fell completely to the ground. Of the 10 people who fell, eight were injured," he said. "There were over 300 people on the lift. You're talking about as many people as are on a 737 airline."
A Sugarloaf spokesman said the suit was not a surprise and the resort has reached settlements with all the other injured skiers.
"We've been working with everybody who's been involved in the accident since day one, including Mr. Katz," spokesman Ethan Austin said. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to do that in this case."
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
While Bernalillo County leaders continue to look for a way out of a risky investment plan that’s already cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Treasurer’s Office insists it has an exit strategy well in hand.
Two Hobbs men face capital murder charges in Texas after being charged with the death of a woman whose body was dumped in New Mexico.
Today’s top headlines with Matt Mauro, Elizabeth Alvarez and meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke.
UNM athletics is rolling out a new points program to determine which fans get access to The Pit's best seats, postseason tickets and prime parking spots.
A pair of Lobo football players were honored by the Mountain West on Tuesday.
A recent Christmas Eve tradition that's become increasingly popular in Santa Fe has been shot down.