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Accidents Don’t Just Happen! Sometimes They Are Made!

By Doyice Cotten

Recreational activities, sporting events, and injuries (read that lawsuits) go together sort of like love and marriage. For that reason, everyone who organizes such events should be aware of the following facts:

Fact 1 is accidents are apt to happen at any type of event or activity.

Fact 2 is not all accidents can be prevented.

Fact 3 is, however, that some accidents can be prevented and should have been prevented.

Risk Management: Learn from the Mistakes of Santa Fe Springs

By Doyice Cotten

What is Risk Management? An expert in adventure law, Reb Gregg says:

The primary purpose of a risk management plan is not the avoidance of legal liability. Rather, it is the maintenance of a quality program; that is, one which deals reasonably and fairly with its clients or students and their families. A program that delivers what it says it will deliver, and does so in the context of reasonable management of the risks,

“Mud run” Tragedy: Risk Management Run Amuck!

By Doyice Cotten

Thanks to Sandie Pendleton for sending me the link to this story.

Tony Weathers, a 30 year old fit athlete drowned in a Fort Worth’s “Original Mud Run” competition on April 14. The WFAA.com (Click for the whole story) story and the comments that follow it recount a tragic death, a public relations disaster, and what appears from the story to be a significant risk management failure. Below I will copy passages from the article and comments relating to the risk management of the event.

Michigan Court Rules in Child Drowning Case (Pool Owner Not Liable) and Cheerleader Injury Case (Coaches and Organization May Be Held Liable)

By Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton of KMK

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently has issued decisions in two cases involving recreational liability (Estate of Wheeler v. Central Michigan Inns, Inc., April 14, 2011, and Sherry v. East Suburban Football League, March 17, 2011). Both decisions emphasize the importance of recreational-opportunity providers being vigilant about injury risks.

The Wheeler case arose out of the tragic drowning death of five-year-old Domonique “Dom” Wheeler.

18 Tips for Reducing the Risk of a Lawsuit (Part III – Client & Staff Issues)

This is the third of a 5-part series of ways to reduce the risk of a lawsuit. This part focuses on guidelines dealing with four miscellaneous topics grouped together as client and staff issues.

8.         Warning of Risks

Assumption of risk is one of the major defenses for clubs when sued by clients for injuries incurred. The effectiveness of this defense depends upon whether or not the client was aware of the risk – hence,