DON’T SIGN WAIVER FOR FLU SHOT, GO TO CLINIC INSTEAD
Many businesses ask their customers to sign a waiver so that the customer can’t sue the business if the business injures the customer. There are some situations where this makes sense because there is an obvious risk that the customer rather than the business should be responsible for. A good example of this would be a trampoline gym asking the customer to sign a waiver for injury caused by falling off the trampoline because of the customer’s own fault.
Unfortunately, businesses take advantage of liability waivers in many situations that are far less obvious. Our lawyers frequently get calls from people who are injured at business after they sign a waiver wanting to know if they can still sue. It is important to know that a waiver of liability is enforceable in Minnesota. Often, if you sign a waiver you may have to live with it. There are a few situations where an accident injury attorney can get around a waiver, but it would always be better if the injured person did not sign the waiver to begin with.
One type of liability waiver that irks our lawyers is when a drug store requires a waiver for a flu shot. When you sign a flu shot waiver, you are waiving the right to sue even if the drugstore injects you with an infected needle or administers the shot negligently. It is not like using a trampoline or skiing on a hill where the risk is obvious. Getting a flu shot is something everyone should do and is a basic medical necessity. It is just wrong for stores to require you to sign a liability waiver before getting a flu shot.
The good news is that you can get around the injury waiver by not getting your flu shot at a drugstore. If you go to your regular doctor or medical clinic they will give you your flu shot and you will not have to sign a waiver.