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Liability and outdoor activites with friends Negligence, Other Injury

Discussion in 'Accidents, Injuries, Negligence' started by Onrope, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Onrope

    Onrope Law Topic Starter New Member

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    So here is my concern.
    I enjoy canyoneering, this involves hiking, rappelling and swimming. Sometimes I take friends along with me. I've seen recent lawsuits out of California and Arizona were the family's sued the informal leader or the leaders family. Again all informal bunch of friends knowing what they are getting into.
    Two things: How do you avoid being sued?
    How do you protect your assets i.e houses, 401k etc...?
     
  2. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Are you taking minors with you?
     
  3. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    If you want to avoid getting sued, don't take anyone with you.

    If you do arrange to meet others, make sure you don't provide any equipment to anyone.

    You should avoid giving advice to other participants.

    Last, but NOT least, don't hold yourself out to be a guide, leader, or nature expert.

    You can speak to several insurance agents about "liability insurance".
     
  4. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Can you cite these lawsuits or provide links to where you read about them?

    Don't do anything that might give rise to someone suing you. I've successfully navigated over 50 years without ever being sued.

    Depends on what you want to protect them from, but the best way is typically by carrying sufficient insurance coverage (except in the case of 401k and other ERISA accounts, which are exempt under federal law from enforcement of civil money judgments).

    Stated differently, if you organize a trip such as you described, there is nothing you can do to prevent one of your friends or a family member of a friend from suing you. Carrying proper insurance coverage is the best way to deal with that unlikely possibility, so speak with your insurance agent.
     
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    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    You don't. Nothing prevents a lawsuit from being handed to you if somebody has an axe to grind.

    Have enough liability insurance to cover all that.
     
  6. Onrope

    Onrope Law Topic Starter New Member

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    No minors
     
  7. Onrope

    Onrope Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thanks for the responses. They seem to be in align with what I've been reading.
     

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