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Overcoming liability waivers that block personal injury claims

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2019 | Personal Injury |

You have likely signed at least one waiver that is being used to absolve an entity from responsibility for a personal injury. If your child brought home a liability waiver for a field trip, you probably looked it over quickly and then signed it without much thought. Most summer camps require campers to sign a similar waiver before they can use the property.

Our lawyers want you and other Pennsylvania residents to understand that it is sometimes possible to challenge these waivers. Below you will find two examples of when you can fight against such a waiver and hold the entity responsible for your injury accountable.

If the document indicates that you will waive all liability by signing it, a court would most likely deem that it is too broad for enforcement. Proper waivers indicate precisely what rights a person is giving up when he or she signs. For example, if your child goes on a field trip to the zoo, you may sign a waiver indicating that the school is not responsible for injuries that occur on zoo property.

Further, if the document you sign waives liability for reckless acts or behaviors, a court would probably rule that the waiver is not enforceable. Getting someone to waive the right to take action after a negligent entity causes injury is not the proper way to use liability waivers.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligence of a property owner, you have the right to take action. We invite you to learn more about the legal remedies available after an injury by continuing to review our website.