Pennsylvania: A Maryland man who allegedly skied off a cliff while night skiing, is seeking to sue Liberty Mountain Resort where the incident took place. According to PennLive, an area online newspaper, the event occurred back in January 2015. The victim, Quan Vu, reports that around 9 pm he was cut off by a snowboarder. In effort to avoid a collision, he skied off course and over the edge of an “artificial cliff,” descending onto a pile of rocks.
According to the lawsuit, Vu suffered extensive physical injuries. The impact resulted in breaking 21 ribs, puncturing both lungs, shattering his hip, fracturing his skull and lacerating his liver. Additionally, he separated his shoulder and sustained spinal, nerve and vision damage.
The lawyers for Liberty Mountain Resort are decidedly not feeling Vu’s pain. They are denying any allegations of negligence. In a claim filed earlier this week in the U.S. Middle District Court:
Quan Vu should have understood that “downhill skiing is an inherently dangerous sport” before he hit the slopes.
Also, Vu signed away his right to sue *Ski Liberty when he placed his signature on a release to get a season pass.
Anthony W. Hinkle, lawyer for Liberty Mountain Resort
*Ski Liberty changed its name to Liberty Mountain Resort in the late 1990’s.
Vu is seeking more than $75,000 in damages from the resort.
A decision to allow the case is pending on the verdict of Judge John E. Jones III.