Volenti Non Fit Injuria Law and Legal Definition

Latin term meaning “to one who is willing, no harm is done.” This doctrine holds that a person who knowingly and willingly puts himself in a dangerous situation cannot later on sue for any resulting injuries. Volenti non fit injuria is a defense in tort. If a person engages in an event accepting and being totally aware of the risks inherent in that event, then such person can not later complain of, or seek compensation for an injury suffered during the event. Volenti non fit injuria is used often to defend against tort actions as a result of a sports injury.