Thrill Seeking Skydiver's Parachute Fails to Open, Instructor Saves Her, She Sues for Two Broken Fingers

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You can't make this stuff up. On July 12, 2003, Lisa Nutley sought to celebrate her birthday with the thrill of her life - a recreational parachute jump. So, she drove to SkyDive the Ranch, a skydiving facility in Gardiner, New York that's been in business for over 30 years.

As this was Lisa's first ever jump, it was to be a tandem jump - an instructor would be tethered to her.

Lisa met with the instructor at SkyDive's facility and was shown a half-hour instructional video. And, before the jump, she signed waivers and releases agreeing that SkyDive would incur no liability for any injuries she might sustain during the course of her jump.

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