03/27/2023 - Expert Witnesses Take The Stand in Gwyneth Paltrow Case

In 2016, Terry Sanderson, a 76-year-old retired optometrist, was skiing in Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, when he collided with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Following the incident, Sanderson filed a lawsuit against Paltrow, claiming that she was skiing recklessly and caused him significant injuries, including a concussion, brain injury, and four broken ribs.

During the trial, neuropsychologist Sam Goldstein testified on behalf of Sanderson, stating that he had significant mental problems following the collision. Goldstein is a prominent clinical neuropsychologist and an expert in the field of brain injury, having published numerous articles and books on the topic.

According to Goldstein's testimony, Sanderson's cognitive function and mental health were severely impacted by the collision. Specifically, he stated that Sanderson suffered from post-concussive syndrome, which is a set of symptoms that can occur after a concussion, including headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating. Goldstein also noted that Sanderson's injuries exacerbated his existing bipolar disorder and caused him to experience depression and anxiety.

Radiologist Wendell Gibby also provided testimony as an expert witness. Gibby is a highly respected radiologist with over three decades of experience and has published numerous articles on the subject of radiology and imaging techniques.

Gibby's testimony was crucial in determining the extent of Sanderson's injuries and providing evidence for his claims. He performed a specialized type of MRI scan called a functional MRI (fMRI), which can detect changes in brain activity and blood flow in response to specific stimuli. This technique allowed him to identify specific areas of the brain that were affected by the collision and provide a more detailed picture of Sanderson's injuries.

Gibby said. “I don’t think it was just a minor bump. He had enough force to knock him unconscious, enough force to break four of the ribs on the right side of his chest, and that, along with the deceleration of striking the ground, I think—the rib fractures corroborate that there was enough force to cause a head injury.”

Gibby was then cross-examined by one of Paltrow’s attorneys, and conceded that one FMRI performed
on Sanderson appeared “mostly normal but had some abnormalities.”

“It could be that those abnormalities preceded the accident?” Paltrow’s attorney asked.

“Yes,” Gibby responded.

Th trial is expected to continue this week with children of Gwyneth Paltrow lilkely to take the witness stand.