A former Delaware state senator has sued a Sugarloaf Ski resort nearly three years after he and his daughters were injured in a 35-foot fall from a broken chairlift. Michael Katz suffered a broken back and traumatic brain injury due to the fall, the most serious injuries suffered by the eight people hurt in the December 2010 accident. His daughters, 13 and 11 at the time, suffered back and head injuries.
The negligence suit filed Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court of Massachusetts seeks unspecified monetary damages. The lawsuit was filed after efforts to reach an out-of-court settlement failed, Katz’s attorney told the Portland Press Herald. The lawsuit alleges that there were warning signs dating back a number of years that the Spillway chairlift had problems.
A Sugarloaf spokesman said the suit was not a surprise and the resort has reached settlements with all the other injured skiers. A total of five chairs fell, with ten passengers involved. Of the ten, eight were injured.