Have you ever gone to an amusement park or done an activity where you had to sign a waiver? These waivers state the company is not liable for any accidents, including any injuries you may incur. You may wonder if such a waiver is legal in Florida. There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to a liability waiver or release because they do not provide unlimited protection for the company or prevent you from suing at all, explains Recreation Management.
To begin with, if you are underage, you cannot sign a waiver. This is why places may make you have a parent present or prohibit anyone under a certain age from partaking in the activity. A minor cannot legally enter a contract of this type. It would never stand up in court.
A waiver also cannot provide complete release of responsibility. It only covers what Florida law allows it to. Florida is one of the states with moderate standards, which means that if you sign a waiver it will usually hold up in court to protect the company against ordinary negligence.
However, to stand up, it must be well written. Also, it will not cover extreme negligence where the company could have prevented the injury incident but did not due so and anyone could see it was negligence.
The bottom line is that before you sign a liability waiver, you need to make sure you read it completely and understand it. Know what you can and cannot do under the waiver. Make sure you only sign a waiver if you trust the company to maintain its facilities and provide trained staff. Protect yourself because the waiver only protects the company. This information is for education and is not legal advice.