Archive for Friday, December 21, 2007

Man, 60, sues boy, 8, over ski-slope collision

December 21, 2007


— A 60-year-old man is taking an 8-year-old boy and his dad to court, claiming the boy caused a ski-slope collision that left the older man with a shoulder injury.

David J. Pfahler of Allentown, Pa., sued in federal court in Denver, claiming Scott Swimm, then 7, was skiing fast and recklessly when they collided in January, the Vail Daily reported Thursday.

The suit claims Pfahler suffered a torn shoulder tendon and seeks compensation for physical therapy, vacation time, nursing and medical services provided by Pfahler's wife, and other expenses. It estimates the couple's losses at more than $75,000.

Scott's father, Robb Swimm, said that he saw the crash and that Scott was skiing slowly and in control.

"It wasn't a violent collision or anything; Scott just kind of tapped his ski boots," he said this week.


geekin_topekan 9 years, 12 months ago

Strapping a couple of slick boards to your feet and bonzaiing down a hill doesn't sound like a bright idea in the first place. I hope a counter-suit is in the works and the boy's ski vacation turns out to be free.

Confrontation 9 years, 12 months ago

Very few people watch their kids in grocery stores, Target, or anywhere else, so why would a ski-slope be any different?

vinividivici 9 years, 12 months ago

At any ski resort I've ever been to, kids under a certain age are required to take lessons through the resort. Also in my experiences skiing, it's the 12 to 17 year old boys that tend to cause the most problems on the slopes.

Sounds to me like the crotchety old man needs to invest in a better insurance policy....or get a life. $75,000 for a torn shoulder tendon?

devilsrighthandman 9 years, 12 months ago

This article just makes me sick. I read this on the Rocky Mountain News last night and there are far more details that make this 80 year old man sound like a money grubbing, law suit happy, douchebag! What the hell is wrong with people. You assume a certain risk when skiing. Both skiers involved were both experienced, and accidents happen. What this article failed to mention was that the old man after being knocked down he grabbed the boys foot, cursed at him and yelled that he would sue. All this while the 48 pound 7 year old was appolgizing! This guy works as a editor, or something like that, for Readers Digest and hasn't been able to work because of a shoulder inury. He has been too busy with lawers to work I guess. I will never, ever subscribe or ask anyone else to subscribe to that until this man is fired for being a Jack*$$!!! Put this man in the Darwin awards with the parents who posed on Myspace to get back at a kid for making thier own feel bad.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 9 years, 12 months ago

Doesn't Reader's Digest have a section called "That's Outrageous"? One of their own belongs in it now.

Evan Ridenour 9 years, 12 months ago

"How, in that case, would he have any idea how fast or reckless the boy was skiing behind him?"

Maybe because he was skiing downhill from the child and the child RAN INTO HIM. That certainly implies negligence on the part of the child now doesn't it?

Obviously you fools have never been skiing because your comments are asinine.

Tony Kisner 9 years, 12 months ago

I hope the kid shows up to court to represent himself, when on the witness stand he could just start crying. - Case closed.

LittleMissFlea 9 years, 12 months ago

Next up on the docket: Joe Q. Skier vs. Pine Tree

Tammy Yergey 9 years, 12 months ago

There is an inherent risk of falling down and getting hurt when you ski. I've done it a hundred times. If you don't want to take the risk, don't ski. Case closed.

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