SHERIDAN — A woman from Upton is suing Northern Wyoming Community College District, Sheridan Recreation District and the city of Sheridan for injuries sustained during a softball game on Sheridan College’s campus in June 2017.
Susan M. Bayert visited Sheridan College’s softball fields to watch a charity softball event June 10, 2017. Court documents said while leaving the premises, Bayert slipped and fell on a set of wooden stairs “due to an improperly installed or maintained stair.”
Bayert’s fall caused a broken foot, which court documents said resulted in medical treatment, therapy and medication expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of wages, loss of certain physical capacity and limitations related to all consequences. The complaint did not outline the monetary amount of damages Bayert is seeking. Bayert’s counsel sent the three defendants notices of the claims being filed against them Oct. 4, 2017.
In response, NWCCD denied responsibility for the facility at the time of Bayert’s fall. The entity also claimed the injuries, damages or losses alleged by Bayert were caused by unforeseeable intervening and independent factors unrelated to the actions of NWCCD or its agents. NWCCD also alleged that Bayert was careless or negligent in the matters alleged, thereby causing or contributing to any injury, damages or loss alleged by Bayert.
In its response, Sheridan Recreation District and the city of Sheridan — who were both represented by Rick L. Kochmstedt of Schwartz, Bon, Walker and Studer, LLC out of Casper — also denied allegations and alleged that injuries and damages were caused by the acts of others over whom SRD had no control or legal responsibility.
The two-day bench trial is scheduled for July 29, 2019, unless the plaintiff and defendants come to a settlement before that time.