The Florida Supreme Court has issued a decision that strengthens a defendant’s use of liability waivers in fending off civil litigation. In so doing, the court approved the Fla. 5th District Court of Appeal’s approach and rejected the decisions reached by the First, Second, Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal.
This is not to say just because an injured person signed a liability waiver – sometimes called a “release” – that the case is a lost cause. However, an injury lawyer will have to deftly argue that point to overcome this challenge even prior to trial.
The courts may still tend to view these waivers with a skeptical eye, but now with the ruling of Sanislo v. Give Kids The World, Inc. these documents may now pose a bigger problem for Florida plaintiffs than before.