Child Accidents and the Legal Documents: Pre-Injury Release

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A “pre-injury release” document is one that attempts to contractually limit or waive a party’s right to pursue a claim against a third part for negligence. The document typically states that you agree not to sue or file a claim against another party if you are injured during a particular activity, even if that party negligently causes your injury. These documents are also called “exculpatory clauses”, meaning that they seek to release a party from liability for negligent conduct that may occur in the future.

There are many factors that go into this document. It may not be what you think. Every state has different laws for this document.

In Washington State, a pre-injury release is generally enforceable but only in the setting of adult-risk sports or recreational activities. Examples of these types of activities include snow skiing, mountain climbing, scuba diving, weight lifting, and other sports like basketball and football.

What about your child getting hurt while playing football at school? Is there anything you can do?

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