Search Site
Menu
Is Participation worth Permission?

As the school year begins, field trips and after school activities, including sports, are prevalent. Cities and towns will require, in most instances, the signing of a permission slip, which releases a school department from liability for negligence. Gross negligence cannot be waived or released but it is a much harder doctrine to meet should your child be seriously hurt in an accident.

The highest court of Massachusetts has unequivocally upheld the use of releases for activities in citing the public policy for making those activities readily available to children. See Sharon v. City of Newton, 437 Mass. 99 (2002) involving a cheerleader who had serious arm injuries but was barred from suing for negligence because of the parents’ signing “an exculpatory release”.

In the cost-benefit analysis and in our optimism, parents may feel that it is worth signing the release so that one’s child can participate. I understand that. I merely seek to point out that there are consequences which can follow in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Feinberg & Alban, P.C. fervently protects your rights
  • The Boston firm of Feinberg & Alban, P.C. specializes its practice in the area of personal injury.

    The attorneys serve the entire state of Massachusetts in addition to affiliating with lawyers in other states to handle cases outside of Massachusetts.

  • $7.7 Million Award for Feinberg & Alban Client in Personal Injury Trial

    Boston Attorneys Win Highest Injury Verdict in Massachusetts in 2011 & 2012.

Client Reviews
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Robert Feinberg and his team were nothing short of stellar. They were prompt in all communications, insulated me from complications with insurances while I recovered from my injuries, and produced a favorable outcome after all was said and done. Ver...

    Read more

    Nigel Mathes

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Great communication and follow up. Responsive to my needs and positive result's !

    Read more

    Chris Connor

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    They went the extra mile. Stood behind me. Had a difficult claim with a motor vehicle accident. I'm very satisfied with the outcome. Richard

    Read more

    richard turk

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    We have had the pleasure of working with Colleen Santora on couple legal issues. We have always had a good communication during our very long process. We feel good responsive, open,& honest communication during a injury case should be the strongest ...

    Read more

    Edward Hyde

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Very professional firm, always pay attention to detail. Knowledgeable and successful. Written on behalf of Mikhail Zaytsev.

    Read more

    Yelena Wise

See all reviews
Awards & Affiliations
Contact us

Quick Contact Form