Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is facing a $3.1 million personal injury lawsuit from a Utah doctor who is claiming that the actress crashed into him while skiing in February 2016. According to a report on People.com, Terry Sanderson alleges that Paltrow was “skiing out of control” at the Deer Valley Resort, in Park City, when she crashed into him and left him with serious injuries.
Lawsuit Alleges Actress Took Off
He described the incident as a “hit-and-run ski crash” saying she hit him, got up, turned and skied away, leaving him “stunned, lying in the snow and seriously injured”. The lawsuit alleges that Paltrow knew it was wrong to leave the scene of the crash after slamming into Sanderson and knocking him down. But the lawsuit claims: “she did it anyway”.
Sanderson also claims in his lawsuit that a Deer Valley ski instructor, who accompanied the actress, filed a false report saying Paltrow did not cause the crash. The instructor has been named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as has Deer Valley Resort and two unnamed resort employees. Sanderson said he suffered injuries including a permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement and emotional distress. During a news conference, Sanderson told reporters that he remembers feeling “very sore” and “numb” after the crash.
Accidents That Cause Injury
We all know that when you strike and injure a pedestrian on the roadway, or get involved in a collision with another vehicle, you are required to stop under California law. Motorists who are involved in car accidents are required to stop immediately at the scene of the crash, exchange pertinent information with other parties and, most importantly, remain at the scene to help the injured victims.
While Sanderson refers to his collision on the ski slope with the actress as a “hit-and-run,” it remains to be seen how a judge or jury view this incident. There are a number of factors that could help strengthen your personal injury case. It is important to gather as much evidence as possible. In such cases, if there were eyewitnesses who saw the incident, that would help greatly to corroborate the victim’s story. In other cases, if there are photographs or cell phone videos of the incident or the aftermath of the incident, they could also be very effective in strengthening a case.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.