Business and property owners in New Haven, as well as in other cities throughout the U.S., have a responsibility to maintain their facilities and equipment and to train their workers in the proper operation of that equipment in order to ensure the safety of those who come onto the premises. If these responsibilities are not fulfilled, it can lead to accidents and serious injuries or even death.

According to reports, a former state senator from Delaware has filed a lawsuit claiming negligence against Sugarloaf Mountain for a 2010 chairlift accident he was in at the Carrabassett Valley ski resort. The man purportedly suffered a brain injury and a broken back when he fell 35 feet after the chairlift he was riding with his two daughters derailed. Both of the girls were also injured, along with five other people on other chairs. The man reportedly alleges that Sugarloaf Mountain knew the lift was hazardous, but kept it in operation anyway and that the lift was not properly maintained or inspected. He also claims that the workers operating and working on the lift were not trained in its safe operation.

The former senator is reportedly asking for an unknown amount of damages on behalf of himself and his two daughters. Lawsuits of this type typically seek financial compensation for medical expenses and other undue costs that resulted from the accident and resultant injuries.

Anyone who has suffered a brain injury in an accident may have grounds for legal action. Consulting with an attorney may be of benefit in deciding how best to proceed. A lawyer can explain their options and offer advice based on their individual situation.

Source: The Portland Press Herald, “Man injured in 2010 chairlift collapse sues Sugarloaf”, Scott Dolan, Oct. 16, 2013

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