What happened on day three of Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski collision trial?
Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued for allegedly crashing into someone on a 2016 ski trip
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow spends her third day in court over a 2016 skiing incident that happened at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Terry Sanderson, a 76-year-old retired optometrist, is suing Paltrow for allegedly crashing into him on a beginner’s ski run, leaving him with extensive physical and psychological damage.
Today’s testimonies began with Dr. Alina K. Fong, a clinical neuropsychologist who treated Sanderson. Fong first began treating Sanderson in 2017 and confirmed that he was dealing with multiple concussive symptoms at the time, including cognitive issues, headaches, and fatigue.
“By the time I saw him, he was struggling with these concussive symptoms for almost a year and a half,” she testified.
Paltrow has also filed a countersuit for a mere $1 in damages, arguing that Sanderson plowed into her and that the plaintiff apologized to her after doing so.
Scientific experts back up Terry Sanderson’s claims relating to his injuries
This third day of the trial involved more expert witness testimonies, including biomedical engineer Richard Boehme. He provided his testimony via taped deposition, which was played in court.
Boehme testified that Sanderson’s broken ribs could only have happened as a result of a heavy blow from behind. His testimony aligns with Sanderson’s claims that Paltrow crashed into him from behind.
Terry Sanderson’s daughter testifies in Gwyneth Paltrow ski collision trial
Polly Sanderson Grasham, daughter of the plaintiff, also testified on behalf of her father’s condition in the aftermath of the incident. Grasham stated that Sanderson’s cognitive processing was significantly slower a year and a half after the alleged collision.
“First of all, he wasn’t engaged with anybody,” she spoke about her father’s tendency to isolate himself, which typically was not the case for him.
“He had kind of taken himself to a remote corner. That was my first real slap in the face of there’s something terribly wrong.”
Grasham described her father’s previous countenance as lively, personable, and drastically different from the withdrawn man he became post-accident. She claims that her father’s motives for filing the lawsuit simply rest in his desire for someone to be held accountable for all the damage done.
Sanderson himself is set to take the stand on Friday. Paltrow was originally set to take the stand the same day, but her lawyers state now that she will only do so “if there’s time.”
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