After two skiers were injured in separate Lake Tahoe ski accidents with snowboarders, the skiers have now sued the resort. According to the Sacramento Bee, a personal injury lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the skiers alleging that Vail Resorts, the owner of Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, was responsible for the accident.
If you have suffered any serious accident, consulting with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer is important to answer your personal injury questions and ensure your rights are protected. Where an accident is caused by another's negligence and you suffer harm, it may be possible to recover compensation including medical expenses, lost wages and emotional distress.
Here, a 54-year-old woman was knocked unconscious and suffered a brain injury when a 20-year-old worker from Argentina collided with the skier. Many factors go into determining whether an individual or company may be held responsible for causing another's injury. Further, in situations similar to this, questions are raised about when an employer be held liable for an employee's act.
In many situations an employer may be held liable for the conduct of their employees. Under a legal doctrine called "respondeat superior," employers are liable for the negligent acts of their employees that occur in the course of their employment. This means that when employees recklessly or negligently cause an accident while carrying out their job duties and injure another person, the employer may be required to compensate the victim. Whether the employer or the employee pays often turns on the question of whether the accident was caused during the "course of employment" or not.
Other times, employers may be found liable for "negligent hiring." This applies to situations where an employee causes harm such as through reckless conduct or criminal behavior and the person harmed alleges that an employer acted carelessly in hiring the dangerous individual and exposing others to harm.
Here, the lawsuit alleges that Vail Resorts was liable because the accident was caused by young inexperienced seasonal employees who lacked training and insurance.
For more information or if you have been harmed in any serious injury accident, contact a top Sacramento personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for a free, initial consultation.