A Release Form (or clause) is a contract signed by the victim if the accident occurred during activities such as skiing and flying in an airplane. The contract may have appeared on the boarding pass or passenger ticket. The release clause may claim to release a facility or person from liability for injuries that may occur on the premises or under the person's care. However, these limitations may not apply to the specifics of your case, because many states do not consider release forms enforceable.
Liability release forms can sometimes be called by other names, such as a liability waiver. Liability release forms may be used in various contexts and by different parties.
What Situations are Liability Release Forms Used In?
Liability release forms are commonly used in situations such as:
- Participation in extreme sports
- Participation in “ultra-hazardous activities” like cliff jumping or sky diving
- Recreation activities like camping, hiking, or skiing
- Activities in amusement parks or other similar sites
- Various other situations
In some cases, even though a liability release form was signed, the other party could still be held liable for injuries or accidents. An example of this is where a participant in an extreme sport violates league rules or intentionally causes injuries. Another example is where the operator of an amusement park ride acted negligently, resulting in injury to a patron. In these types of cases, liability may be found due to the violations involved.
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What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death suit is a lawsuit brought by a family member of the deceased victim against the person or company who negligently or willfully caused the death. Wrongful deaths can occur in many contexts, including:
- Car accidents
- Airplane crashes
- Dog attacks
Instances of wrongful death can involve some complex issues if liability release forms or liability waivers were involved. In such instances, it may be necessary to work with a lawyer for guidance on liability laws, which can vary from state to state.
For cases where compensation is needed due to an injury or an accident, a monetary damages award can sometimes be issued. The damages can cover expenses like hospital bills, medical expenses, medication costs, lost wages, pain and suffering costs, and other damages. State laws may sometimes limit the amount of damages that are recovered in an injury case.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Liability Waiver Issue?
If a loved one died after signing a release form, you may still be able to sue for damages or other compensation. You should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you understand the legal options available in your situation.