Value of waivers

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Posted by Gerry on November 20, 2000 at 14:55:48:

In Reply to: Re: Not ready/qualified/trained/etc. to make a dive posted by Ken Kurtis on November 20, 2000 at 13:54:15:

Ken, Frank, Jason

You're right, all of you, just arguing different aspects of the question. Frank makes the point that even after signing a waiver I can sue, forcing you to go to the (considerable) expense of defending against the suit. Ken then says that the waiver has value in that it can make it difficult to impossible for me to win the suit. Two different concepts. Then Jason points out that even if I waive my rights, If I can prove that you were negligent and I got hurt as a result, my lawyer might get rich.

My take is that I'll get 'em to sign a waiver, pay my insurance premium, and do my best to bring 'em back alive unless they're lawers.

I hear the Brits have a system wherein the loser pays the winner's costs, thus discouraging BS lawsuits. Sounds pretty good to me.


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