Tag Archives: Kentucky

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Parental Waivers Relied Upon by Commercial Entities Are NOT Enforceable

By Doyice Cotten

 The Kentucky Supreme Court is the latest court to record an opinion regarding the enforcement parental waivers (a waiver signed by the parent of a child releasing the activity provider from liability for subsequent injury suffered by the child). In this case, the child E.M., the child of Kathy Miller was injured while participating at a trampoline park (IN RE: Kathy Miller v. House of Boom Kentucky, LLC, 2019).

The issue was whether a pre-injury liability waiver signed by a parent on behalf of a minor child is enforceable under Kentucky law.

Kentucky Motocross Race Waiver Upheld for Negligence and Willful and Wanton Negligence

By Doyice Cotten

In 2011, Walter Brotherton worked on a voluntary basis as a mechanic for one of the racers in the Kentucky Indoor Motocross Championship.

Brotherton was injured during a practice heat while standing near the starting gate.  He and others  decided to move and watch the practice from another location inside the Arena, but at that moment a motorcyclist topped a hill and careened into the starting area injuring Brotherton.

He subsequently sued,

Use the Word “Negligence” in Kentucky Waivers!

By Doyice Cotten

Courts in some states require that the word “negligence” be included in a waiver. Some strongly urge the use of the term. Others simply specify that the intent of the waiver to cover negligence must be clear.

A recent Kentucky case involving a paintball injury (Bowling v. Asylum Extreme, L.L.C., 2011 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 801) addressed the issue of whether the waiver must specifically refer to the “negligence” of the provider in the waiver.