Liability Waivers

Slip and Fall Attorneys for Miami Residents

Signing a liability waiver is so commonplace that we often do not take the time to read all of its fine print. We expect some sort of risk when engaging in certain activities or visiting certain places, and thus we believe signing these forms is a simple acknowledgment of those dangers. However, a waiver relieving a company or individual of responsibility for any harm that may occur while visiting a property, including injuries caused by gross negligence, is not always valid. The Miami premises liabilitys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon represent people throughout South Florida who have been injured while on someone else’s property. We can help victims determine whether their harm was inherent to the risk taken, or due to a preventable, additional danger for which a responsible party should be held accountable.

The Effectiveness of Waivers

Many types of businesses need to use liability waivers due to the inherent danger of the activities in which people engage while visiting their premises. A waiver of liability releases a party from responsibility for harm caused by its negligence. Amusement parks, gyms, and fitness centers, as well as many places that host activities involving children, usually require a customer to sign a waiver. Under Florida law, pre-injury releases are accepted to protect businesses from claims founded on injuries caused by an “inherent risk” of participating in certain activities. In addition, exculpatory clauses limiting or exempting liability for harm caused by negligence are also enforceable, as long as they meet necessary requirements. Waivers that undermine public policy are generally not enforceable.

However, a liability waiver does not automatically relieve an owner of responsibility for every injury sustained on its property, especially those caused by a party’s gross negligence. To be enforceable, a waiver, and all its included clauses, must include an intent that is clearly and unequivocally stated within the agreement. This means that the language of a release agreement must be sufficiently clear so that an ordinary and knowledgeable person would know what it means. This standard does not necessarily require that an agreement specifically state each and every possible injury, or that negligence is included. However, a waiver that fails to expressly state that it releases liability for injuries caused by an owner’s own negligence may indicate that negligence was not intended to be within the agreement’s scope.

Generally, business owners owe those visiting their property a duty of care to provide reasonably safe conditions. Although liability waivers are necessary to protect all parties involved, when these waivers are being incorrectly used to circumvent responsibility for injuries not anticipated by the agreement, owners should be held accountable. Having a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can examine the contents of a liability waiver, as well as investigate the incident leading to the injury, is important in pursuing proper compensation for your harm.

Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer in Miami

Being hurt after signing a liability waiver may make you think that you do not have any recourse for compensation. Sometimes that is not the case. If you have been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, the Miami premises liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you determine whether you have a legal right to compensation. Our slip and falls also assist victims in Miami, West Palm Beach, and other cities in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Call 877.499.4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.

Client Reviews
"Thank you to Robert Dixon & Kristopher Torres for an amazing experience handling with my first injury lawsuit. Very much hassle-free and down to earth experience working with this law firm. I would definitely use them again! My case was settled and I am satisfied with the results! Glad to have them fighting on my behalf." Diamond Epps
"This firm goes out of there way to make sure all of your needs are met. They are wonderful and within a year, my settlement was reached. In addition, I never waited more than a couple hours for someone to get back with me. I highly suggest this firm." Melissa Ellis
"I had the pleasure of working with attorney Torres when I was involved in a car accident last year. He was always checking up on me, always making sure that I was getting the proper treatment that I needed. Whenever I called the office everyone was so nice and willing to help me. I'm glad he was my attorney and thank you for such a wonderful service from you and your firm." Natalie J.
"I'd like to say that the Law Office of Robert Dixon has been great to work with since the inception of my case back in 2016. Robert and team made me feel rest assured that patience would constitute a much larger settlement and that truly was the case. ... I highly recommend this law firm for anyone needing help from a very compassionate team of hard workers. Thanks again everyone for this positive experience as this was my first time ever dealing with the courts or a law firm...." Paul Carlson
"Jodie, Jennifer and the WHOLE Team are AWESOME! Everyone I have spoken to, have been very professional, patient and kind. The ladies take their time to ensure you understand everything that is happening every step of the way. Each time I would have a question, they were available via e-mail or a quick phone call." Nathalie Perez