Paralyzed Skiier Awarded $14 Million Personal Injury


Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 12, 2007

A skier has been awarded $14 million after being paralyzed in a fall from a ski jump at the Summit at Snoqualmie.

In February 2004, Kenny Salvini of Lake Tapps fell 37 feet from a jump at Central Terrain Park and maintained by Ski Lifts, Inc.

A King County jury on Friday found that the operator failed to take safety into consideration at its Summit West terrain park and therefore was partially responsible for the crash.

The full jury award was for about $31 million, but that amount was decreased to $14 million after calculating “the comparative fault” of Salvini and “the inherent risk of the sport,” Salvini’s Tacoma lawyer, Jack Connelly said.

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