volenti non fit injuria


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A legal doctrine that states that a person who knowingly exposes him/herself to hazards with potential for bodily harm cannot hold others liable if harm occurs; under the AORD, a person who consents to a medical procedure—or alternatively, decides to forego a physician-recommended therapy—with knowledge that injury is a foreseeable—albeit uncommon—result, waives the right to a future complaint that any ‘foreseeable’ injury was caused by negligence, assuming medical treatment was performed with proper care, and res ipsa loquitur cannot be evoked

volenti non fit injuria

See Assumption-of-risk doctrine.

volenti non fit injuria (vō·lenˑ·tē nôn fit in·j·rēˑ·),

n “to the willing there is no wrong,” taking full personal responsibility for exposing oneself to risk.
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Ainsi recue en matiere delictuelle, la defense d'ex turpi causa se voit, a toutes fins pratiques, assimilee a la defense de volenti non fit injuria.
Si, comme semble l'entendre la jurisprudence canadienne, la defense d'ex turpi causa doit avoir droit de cite en matiere delictuelle, il me parait, eu egard aux consequences particulierement rigoureuses resultant d'un alignement de cette defense sur celle de volenti non fit injuria, qu'un autre modele merite d'etre retenu.
In the past, when participants have been injured in volunteer sporting activities, the legal liability has traditionally rested with the injured party, on the basis of volenti non fit injuria (voluntary assumption of risk).