What to avoid with a liability waiver form
Because some jurisdictions require a release form to meet strict criteria, avoid liability forms you might find on the internet. These forms may not have the proper structure to protect your business from liability lawsuits or may even have misleading language that can cause the release to be voided in the eyes of a court. Similarly, drafting a form yourself — unless you are an attorney or law firm well-versed in the requirements for your state — can lead to a release form being invalidated.
Confusing language can also cause a liability waiver to become unenforceable. A liability waiver form should be clear and understandable to the customer.
Hiding the release in the fine print can also lead a release to become unenforceable. Ideally and for clarity, a liability waiver is a separate document from any other paperwork or contracts you may use with customers.
Release forms must be complete, without missing information such as blanks that aren’t filled in. In practice, the only information that should need to be completed is the information provided by the customer, including contact information, date, and signature. The goal is to ensure that the customer completely understands the waiver.
Where can I get a release form?
If your business needs a liability waiver form, use a reliable source, such as your insurer or a trusted personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable about liability waiver requirements in your state. If you’ll be using a release form in your business or for a specific activity, be sure your staff is knowledgeable about the form’s provisions and the importance of having the waiver completed.
A waiver of liability can help protect your business against certain types of lawsuits but doesn’t remove the need for liability insurance. A Commercial General Liability policy or a Business Owners Insurance Policy can help protect your business against a number of risks that are unrelated to the risks addressed in a waiver form. Reach out to CoverWallet’s experienced team of trusted agents to learn how to build a comprehensive coverage solution for your business. You can get a no-obligation quote in minutes.