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Connecticut Supreme Court Invalidates Recreation Facility’s Liability Waiver

By Jeremy Vishno and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Connecticut, a family went snow tubing at a recreational facility. In order to use the snow tubing area, the business / recreational facility required the family to sign liability waivers which purported to release the snow tubing recreational facility from liability even if there was negligence on the part of the facility. The family went snow tubing that day and a child was injured when his foot got caught between the snow tube and a man made bank. The parents sued on behalf of the child who had a number of surgeries due to the personal injuries sustained during the snow tubing outing. The trial court threw out the case and this ruling was appealed and ultimately reached the Connecticut Supreme Court. The justices on the Supreme Court reversed the trial judge’s ruling and ruled that the liability waiver was invalid and against public policy for the State of Connecticut.

Whether your child is injured in Connecticut or any other State, it makes sense to consult with an attorney as to liability or responsibility for the child’s injuries when the injuries were caused by the negligence of a person or business. Florida is another State where the Supreme Court has invalidated liability releases of this nature. The rulings of the highest courts in both Connecticut and Florida make sense since the rulings favor the best interests of the child and safety over protecting a business or person from negligent action or inactions leading to personal injuries of death. You can read more about the Connecticut snow tubing ruling at Connecticut Supreme Court Strikes Down Liability Waivers as Against Public Policy.

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