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How Legally Binding are liability release forms for children?

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If you have or have had children, you will have likely signed innumerable liability release forms for sports leagues, horseback rides, or any other risky activity they beg you to do. IHerndon sports and recreational injury lawyer Doug Landau was recently sent a report of the case of Hawkins v. Peart. This case arose as the result of an injury caused by an animal ride.

An 11 year old girl went on a horseback ride with her family on a company’s horses with the company’s guides. The mother had signed a release for the girl before the ride, but as the group was moving along the trail something spooked the horse, causing it to throw the young girl to the ground. As a result of being thrown by the horse, the girl sustained serious injuries. The court ruled that although the mother signed a release form, the defendant was still responsible for the accident, citing that such preinjury releases remove an incentive for companies to uphold a standard of safety. If you or someone you know has been injured after signing a liability release form and feels like it is impossible to sue, please contact Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd.or contact us through Landau Injury Law.

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  1. Mike Bryant says:
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    Good sound ruling. Unfortunately in Minnesota our courts have not seen it that way. I still can’t understand how a child’s protection can be signed away by anyone.