Denver Recreation Injury Lawyers
Leagues, schools, businesses, and organizations generally require people to fill out a liability waiver before signing up for sports and recreational activities. This is meant to shield the people who provide these activities from liability if someone gets hurt.
Liability waivers may be enforceable. But there are times when they can be rendered invalid. If you or your child was injured by someone who committed illegal or unreasonable actions, or if they made fraudulent or deceptive claims about their practices, you may be able to seek compensation to cover the cost of your medical expenses and other injuries.
To learn more about the limits of liability waivers, contact the nationally ranked trial attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. by calling (303) 759-9945 and schedule an initial consultation at no charge.
Colorado is a wonderful place to get outside and enjoy some exercise. And whether you or your kids play sports such as baseball or soccer, or if you just want to take your family horseback riding, you will almost certainly be asked to sign a liability waiver before engaging in the following types of organized activities:
- High school football and other sports
- Sports leagues for kids and adults
- Jet ski, ATV, or snowmobile rentals
- Guided hiking and rock-climbing trips
- Bicycle, e-bike, or scooter rentals
- Indoor rock climbing gyms
- Bungee jumping
- Horseback riding
When you sign a liability waiver for yourself or your kids, you may absolve the other party against claims of reasonable negligence for injuries that may occur as a result of the agreed upon activity. Colorado law has guidance regarding the enforceability of liability waivers.
Colorado provides business owners and organizations with a great deal of protection against lawsuits when their customers agree to sign a waiver. A liability waiver may protect the other party against types of accidents and injuries that a person might reasonably assume could result from a particular activity. For example, if your kid falls down and hurts themself playing organized sports, that’s a consequence that’s reasonably foreseeable.
But there are clear instances when injuries that you or your child sustain during a particular activity are not reasonably foreseeable because someone did something that was careless, fraudulent, or illegal. Your personal injury lawyer may be able to challenge a liability waiver if the other party committed one or more of the following transgressions:
- Violated the law
- Made fraudulent claims
- Failed to fully clarify and spell out risks
- Used deceptive, hidden, or unclear language
- Unreasonably increased the risk through gross negligence, such as reckless, or intentional acts
Indoor rock climbing is popular in Colorado. If a person using an indoor rock climbing gym is injured, gym owners may be found negligent in cases where it is proven that they were negligent in their operations. Examples of negligent operations may include:
- Negligent supervision
- Not providing protective gear
- Insufficient warning of risks involved
- Failure of employee to secure a harness rope through the available gri-gri
Equipment failure can also be responsible for accidents at indoor climbing walls. Defects in equipment design and manufacturing and poor warning labels may cause injury to climbers. For example, a belay is the act of providing tension on a climbing rope to counterbalance a climber when they fall. If a device known as an automatic belay malfunctions, it may result in fall that could seriously injure or kill a climber.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured due to another’s person’s negligence, contact Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. right away by calling (303) 759-9945. We may be able to recover the costs of your medical care and other expenses caused by your injuries. When we take your case, you come first.