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Six-year-old child sued by woman over Austria skiing accident

The incident happened on the slopes of the Hochhäderich mountain near the German border. Credit: PA

A six-year-old girl is being sued for €38,000 (£25,000) for allegedly causing a skiing accident that left a woman in Austria seriously injured.

The child was with a ski school group on the Hochhäderich mountain slopes near the German border when she allegedly made a sudden turn into the path of the woman who can no longer ski because of the accident.

The woman is seeking damages for the child's negligence after her attempt to take legal action against the adult supervising the child was dismissed.

It's now up to a judge to decide if the six-year old can be held legally responsible for her actions.

Austrian law states that a child under the age of 14 years old cannot usually be held responsible in a civil court case.

But there is an exception if it is thought the minor is capable of understanding the consequences of his or her actions.

A court expert who testified said both parties were not paying adequate attention before the accident and were both equally to blame.

The case continues.