Utah court says ski resorts are not immune to liability

Utah court says ski resorts are not immune to liability

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court says ski resorts are not off the hook for skier injuries if some accidents are preventable.

The decision Tuesday comes in a lawsuit filed by a Snowbird skier who collided with a wall made of railroad ties that was hidden by snow. The man suffered broken ribs, a kidney injury, liver damage and a collapsed lung.

Snowbird claimed William Rothstein waived his rights when he signed a release to ski at the resort. Utah law protects resorts from liability from the inherent risks of skiing, such as falling or hitting a tree.

But the Supreme Court says that law doesn't cover everything. The decision reinstates Rothstein's lawsuit against Snowbird.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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