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Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability

Release form signed before a man's death prevents his family from suing.

Washington
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Key point: "Release forms" signed by competent adults will be recognized by the courts in some states, and will prevent one who signs such a form from suing specified persons or organizations for negligence.

A Washington court ruled that the family of a college student killed during a scuba diving activity was prevented from suing the college or scuba instructor by a release form signed by the student prior to his death. A college student enrolled in a scuba diving class and signed a "release of liability" form that specified:

I understand and agree that neither [the college nor my instructors] may be held liable in any way for any occurrence in connection with this diving class that may result in injury, death, or other damages to me or my family, heirs, or assigns … and further to save and hold harmless said program and persons from any claim by me, my family, estate, ...

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  • March 1, 1994

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