A Florida woman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, Dec. 21, against Vail Resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort and a Heavenly employee over a collision that occurred in January 2011 between herself and the employee.
The complaint claims that Kimberly Bland, a Miami-area paramedic, was trying to figure out where to ski next when she was struck by Daniel Barreno, a Heavenly Lift Operator, who was snowboarding down the mountain at 3:50 p.m. The incident occurred near the bottom of Olympic run located on the Nevada side of the mountain. The suit was filed in Reno federal court and alleges Vail Resorts Inc. is liable for the employee’s negligence.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the woman was knocked unconscious and taken to Barton Health’s Emergency Room in South Lake Tahoe where she was diagnosed with a concussion. An initial CT scan shows bulged discs in her spine. The complaint claims she suffered injuries to her head, neck, shoulder and back, as well as emotion distress and depression. The suit is seeking at least $350,000 for damages as well as legal fees.
Heavenly representative, Russ Pecoraro says it is policy to not comment on the pending litigation. It is also unknown whether Barreno still works for the mountain.