A 16 year old was injured when a movable, steel basketball goal fell on him in a gym at a youth camp owned by a church. The boy was not playing ball, he jumped up and hung on the net, causing the goal to fall on him. His parents signed a release/permission form stating that they would not hold the camp or church liable for any injuries that may occur during his stay at camp. How well will this form hold up if the camp or church is sued by the parents?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: release forms
The form (assuming it is properly worded and signed) is probably sufficient to bar the parent's claim for the medical expenses. The minor would, however, have a claim for "pain and suffering" and scarring and future medical expenses, which cannot be waived by the parent. Therefore, there is only limited protection. Of course, there may or may not be any liability in the first instance on these facts.