Category: Premis Liability

I was injured in a recreational activity operated by a business, but I signed a release of liability before participating. Do I still have rights?

Many people are injured while engaged in recreational activities being hosted or operated by a commercial business.  So many of these recreational activities pose significant risks and the commercial business putting on that event can often be liable for the person’s injury because the injury was caused by some negligent act on the part of the commercial business that increased the risk of the activity beyond what is inherent in the activity itself.  However, in almost all cases, the commercial business that is putting on the event or hosting the activity will have participants sign a release of liability as a condition of participating in the activity.  The releasing language in these forms is often buried in a multi-page document and, like most of us, the injured person did not set aside two hours to read the 10 page release from front to back before participating in the activity. Further, the release is often drafted in complicated legalese so that even if a person had set aside the time to fully read the release, it is not likely that the reader would have fully understood what they were signing. Continue reading “I was injured in a recreational activity operated by a business, but I signed a release of liability before participating. Do I still have rights?”