Claim Brought by Skier Highlights Second-Concussion Syndrome

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the January issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter. To see the full article, subscribe at https://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

A three-time Canadian Olympian has sued the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) and the doctor that cleared her, claiming the defendants were negligent when they allowed her to participate in a December 2013 training camp2012-03-12 09.59.33

Veronika Bauer, who won the 2001 world title as well as participated in the Olympic Games in 2002, 2006 and 2010, filed her claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia (B.C.).

Skiers in Bauer’s sport hit jumps at speeds of up to 60 km/h and launch themselves roughly 20 meters in the air, where they perform somersaults and full-body twists before landing on a steep hill.

Bauer, represented by attorney Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein, alleged in her complaint that she suffered a concussion in 2009 and was sidelined with post-concussion symptoms for almost a year leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

“I just felt spaced out,” Bauer told the media in January 2010. “I was just incapable of doing simple chores. I just sat around bored on the couch. I just couldn’t do the things that keep you alive. I pretty much had a headache the entire time.”

Bauer then suffered another concussion in 2012 at Apex Mountain near Penticton, B.C. The next year, she allegedly received medical clearance from Dr. Jeffery Purkis and the CFSA to return to action at a training camp. She allegedly experienced another concussion. As a result, she claimed that she suffers “severe and continuing concussion symptoms.”

According to the complaint, “the plaintiff … (for the full summary, visit https://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/ to subscribe)

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