A Bad Trail
A northern city decided to provide a toboggan trail for use by its residents. A trail was marked out and cleared that led down a hill and dropped several feet down a bank onto a frozen lake. A sign at the top of the trail advised people to "use it at their own risk". Thereafter, a man who was using the trail injured his back when he dropped down the bank onto the lake. He sued the city for his injuries.
Did the jury find FOR or AGAINST the man?
The jury ruled in favor of the man and against the city. The jury found that the trail should have been designed and maintained free of potential dangers. The city could not expect a person to assume the risk of concealed dangers, such as the drop at the end of the run.
Verdict: $100,000 for the plaintiff.