Most states recognize the validity of liability waivers, Florida as well, but such documents do not automatically release someone of liability in case of wrongful death.
If one of your family members died after they had signed a waiver of liability, you may wonder if you can sue for wrongful death.
Your immediate reaction may be to assume that you cannot, yet that is not always the case.
Although most states recognize the validity of liability waivers, including Florida, such documents do not automatically absolve someone of any liability in a wrongful death case.
If you need to challenge a waiver in court, it is recommended that you pay extra close attention to the following aspects concerning it:
A waiver does not stop the family members of a deceased individual from taking legal action in every situation. Because waivers have to meet the general requirements of legal documents, one instance where a waiver may be found invalid is if the legal document has deficiencies. Waivers, like all legal documents, need to be clear, specific, and concrete. This means the waiver text cannot be ambiguous, unreadable, unspecific, or hard to understand.
The Right of Action of the Florida Wrongful Death Act lists negligence, breach of contract, default, and general wrongful actions as being the elements needed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. When it comes to liability waivers, if any of these elements are present, then responsibility for any accidents could be shifted back to the liable party. So, if you ask yourself, "Can I file a wrongful death lawsuit after signing a waiver?" the answer in Florida could be yes.
The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary may help you file a wrongful death lawsuit even if your deceased family member had signed a Waiver or Release of Liability before they passed away. Our attorney, who has over 20 years of professional experience, will thoroughly analyze your case to determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation. We are determined to go to great lengths to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case.