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Nebraskans sue Mountain Chalet

Naomi Havlen

A Nebraska couple is suing a local lodge, claiming that a mess from a construction project led to a fall that injured the man.Terry and Rhonda Larson, who live in Omaha, filed the lawsuit in Pitkin County District Court late last week. The suit says the Larsons were staying on the third floor of the Mountain Chalet in the summer of 2002 when the accident occurred.According to the suit, Terry Larson was descending some steps when he slipped and fell because of drywall dust, sawdust and other debris that made the stairs slick. The suit claims the lodge should have known that the debris was in an area where their guests would travel, and should have used “reasonable care to protect against such dangers on the property.”The Larsons argue that the lodge should have cleaned up the debris, or posted signs or warnings about the dangerous conditions.The suit claims that Terry Larson suffered a dislocated left shoulder and painful and permanent injuries to his left knee. His medical bills so far have cost him $1,152 and it’s been recommended that he have reconstructive surgery that would cost approximately $15,695, the lawsuit says.The Larsons claim “premises liability” against Mountain Chalet Enterprises Inc. and loss of consortium. Rhonda Larson claims that she has suffered the loss of “affection, society, companionship, aid and comfort which her husband before his injury provided her.”The Larsons are asking for a trial by jury and to be awarded damages for economic and noneconomic damages, costs, expert witness fees and for any other relief that the court deems proper.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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