During a rafting trip at Shot Gun Eddy's on the Wolf River in Wisconsin, I jumped off of a cliff into the water. The water was too shallow and I hit the bottom. As a result I broke my tibia and dislocated my ankle. I needed to get surgery, have been in a cast for 6 weeks, and now need physical therapy.
Tough case depending on how airtight their waiver form is.
It occurred I'm Wisconsin, so contact a Wisconsin attorney.
Stephen L. Hoffman
Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC
I am very familiar with the place where you were injured.
1. You signed a waiver before Shotgun Eddy would accept payment; AND
2. There is a sign that warns against "jumping or diving off cliff."
You did a really foolish thing. People do jump off that cliff all the time, without incident. If you are off a few inches, you hit a granite shelf (which you did). Nobody was negligent except you. It is NOT possible for you to recover.
While we were successful in New York in holding the city 100% liable for two brothers diving off the Coney Island steeplechase pier and being rendered quadriplegic, there were "No Diving" signs that had been removed from the site and the city had notice of the missing signs. A WI attorney would have to opine on the duty to warn, as well as notice. The assumption of risk is the primary and most successful defense to diving accidents in New York. Again, a WI attorney would have to opine on an assumption of risk defense.
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