I Signed A Sports/Liability Waiver for My Kid. Is It Valid?

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Whether your kid is involved in softball, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, football, cheerleading or other type of sport, the registration process almost certainly included a sports or liability waiver.   Typically, the parent or guardian is asked to release the organization, coaches, etc. from any claims arising from their child’s participation. And, because the waivers are presented as a take-it or leave-it, negotiation is not an option.  So, you sign it.  And then, the worst happens: your child gets injured. What do you do next?

Well, the first thing to do is determine if someone is possibly to blame for your child’s injury.   In other words, was it caused by someone’s negligence or was it just part of the natural hazards of the sport or activity?   For instance, if you child is hurt by a line-drive in a softball or baseball game, that is just an inherent risk of the game. But, if your child is seriously hurt at a softball game because the bench on the dugout collapsed due to poor maintenance, then you might have a claim.

Second, you should have an experienced injury lawyer look at the language of the release. Many sports/liability waivers are not valid as to certain portions of the child’s injury claim including pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, impairments, etc. However, some releases may prevent the parents from recouping the medical bills associated with their child’s injuries. So, if your child has been critically injured, it is imperative for you to have the waiver or release reviewed by an experienced injury lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights.

At the Law Offices of John Day, one of our award-winning lawyers will be happy to look at your sports/liability waiver and advise you of your legal rights for absolutely free. We never charge a penny for the initial consultation and we only get paid if we recover money for you and your family. And unlike some lawyers, we advance all case expenses so you do not have to pay anything out of pocket to pursue your case.  For more information on our fees and how we handle cases expenses, click here.

Our award-winning lawyers have been helping injury victims for decades. We have recovered millions of dollars for our satisfied clients and we are here to help you and your family too. If you would like more information about what to expect from the legal process once you hire us, click here. And, if you would like more information about our lawyers and their experience, click here.

To get started, all you have to do is call us today at 615-742-4880 (Nashville) or 615-867-9900 (Murfreesboro) or 866-812-8787 (from anywhere else in the State of Tennessee or area). But, do not delay. The law only allows you a limited time to pursue your legal rights.