If I write a book about how to teach your child to swim, am I liable if something happens to someone who bought my book?

UPDATED: Jun 23, 2014

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If I write a book about how to teach your child to swim, am I liable if something happens to someone who bought my book?

Like if a child drowns? Should I write a disclaimer asking for children to always be supervised? Would that be enough?

Asked on June 23, 2014 under Personal Injury, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In the absence of disclaimers and other warnings, if a child drowned due to following your directions, it's possible you could face liability--not likely, since it would have to be shown that the "fault" was yours (e.g. the parents, or counselors, etc. othewise were doing what they should and being responsible), but possible. However, if you promimently and in several places advise that children should always be supervised; that no one, child or adult should venture into water too deep to stand until they are a confident swimmer; that it is a good idea to swim where there are lifeguards; etc., you should be protected.

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