A man who claims he slipped on the stairs while headed from the pool can sue the YMCA for his injuries, despite the broad waiver he signed when he joined the health club, a state appeals court held on Aug. 18.

The precedential ruling in Walters v. YMCA addresses a question left unanswered by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2010, when it upheld the use of pre-injury liability waivers by gyms and fitness centers: whether those waivers cover injuries by a member or invitee that were not caused by or related to an inherently risky physical fitness activity.

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