July 27th, 2007|
The city of Santa Barbara, California has recently been the subject of a California Supreme Court ruling which states that written, signed waivers do not cover incidents and acts of gross negligence. The ruling is the result of the city of Santa Barbara being charged with gross negligence after a 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl drowned at a local pool during summer camp. The girl’s family filed a California wrongful death lawsuit because the child’s mother signed a liability waiver. The California Supreme Court ruled that these forms of waivers, however, do not shield those responsible in incidences of gross negligence from legal recourse.