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Recent Developments in Oklahoma Regarding Releases

An Oklahoma court ruled that a release signed by a skydiving student prevented him from suing a skydiving facility following an accident in which he was severely injured.

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Key point. Release agreements are upheld by some courts, so long as they are signed by a competent adult and the agreement clearly specifies the risks and discloses that the signer is releasing all claims of liability for injuries associated with those risks.

1. An Oklahoma court ruled that a release signed by a skydiving student prevented him from suing a skydiving facility following an accident in which he was severely injured.

An adult male (the "victim") went to a skydiving facility to learn how to skydive. During six hours of training, he was also given a detailed "exculpatory contract" that released the facility from liability in the event of his injury or death. The contract also contained an "assumption of risk" provision. In addition, the victim was required to watch a video tape in which an attorney explained the terms of the contract. The victim read, ...

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  • March 1, 1999

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