The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed after a man who fell from a chairlift and was injured at Seven Springs Mountain Resort Inc.
Pennrecord.com reports the lawsuit was filed after a man named Wayne Mankowski fell a Seven Springs chairlifts back in February 2015. Mankowski was allegedly trying to help his son load onto a chairlift when he fell off and “landed on a bolt on the base of the chairlift tower.” Mankowski lawsuit claimed Seven Springs should have made sure that patrons were properly protected from the “dangerous” bolt.
It was also argued on appeal that the bolt in question should not be covered as an activity “inherent in the sport of skilling” under Pennsylvania’s Skiers’ Responsibility Act.
The Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County threw out the case when it granted Seven Springs’ preliminary objections to the lawsuit. The Superior Court agreed with that decision and said the lower court “found that appellants’ complaint was barred by the act.”
HERE IS THE ACT: “It is recognized that as in some other sports, there are inherent risks in the sport of downhill skiing. (2) The doctrine of voluntary assumption of risk as it applies to downhill skiing injuries and damages is not modified by [Pennsylvania’s general comparative negligence rule].”
In addition, the Superior Court said the state Supreme Court previously found that “The assumption of the risk defense, as applied to sports and places of amusement, has also been described as a ‘no-duty’ rule, i.e., as the principle that an owner or operator of a place of amusement has no duty to protect the user from any hazards inherent in the activity.”
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania said the Mankowski’s case “involves a straightforward application of the act.”
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