Volenti Non Fit Injuria

Definition - What does Volenti Non Fit Injuria mean?

Volenti non fit injuria is a Latin phrase that means "to one who is willing, no harm is done." Essentially, this term means that damages cannot be awarded to defendants with negligence claims who were aware of a risk, and took it anyway. In other words, it means that people who consciously take risks cannot claim that it was another party's fault if they get injured.

Justipedia explains Volenti Non Fit Injuria

Whether or not a party can be held liable for negligence can make or break the verdict on certain lawsuits. For example, if there is a pond owned by a town and people skate on it, a person may file a lawsuit if any injury was sustained while skating on the ice. However, if the town posts a sign that says "Skate at your own risk," then the town may qualify for volenti non fit injuria. This would be because the sign is letting people know that there is a risk involved with skating.

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