Agencies settle to pay woman for injury at softball fields

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SHERIDAN — Local agencies will pay a settlement to a woman for injuries sustained in June 2017 at Sheridan College.

Susan M. Bayert, from Upton, sued Northern Wyoming Community College District, Sheridan Recreation District and the city of Sheridan for injuries sustained while watching a softball game on Sheridan College’s campus in June 2017.

Attorneys in the matter reached a settlement that includes paying the woman $60,000.

The sum will be paid by Sheridan College and the Sheridan Recreation District, each contributing $30,000. The city of Sheridan is not responsible for any amount of the settlement.

Bayert visited Sheridan College’s softball fields to watch a charity softball event June 10, 2017.

Court documents stated that 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 damages Bayert sought. 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 their response, Sheridan Recreation District and the city of Sheridan — which 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.

A two-day bench trial was scheduled for July 29, 2019, but attorneys settled in November 2018.

By |Dec. 20, 2018|

About the Author:

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as the public safety and city government reporter before moving into the managing editor position in November 2018. She is a native of Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles, California. Before working in Sheridan, she worked as a sports editor for the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Montana. Email Ashleigh at:


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