What is assumption of risk?

If you have knowingly and voluntarily assumed the risk inherent in a particular action that caused an accident, you cannot sue the other person for negligence. If you went to a friends house and they told you not to go out the backdoor because the deck was being repaired and after being told you still went out the backdoor, you assume the risk. If you become injured in most jurisdictions, under the doctrine of the assumption of risk, because you were aware of the danger and still chose to go out the backdoor, you would most likely not be able to collect damages. Another example of assumption of risk is participation in a sport in which certain risks are inherent to the game. For instance, if you are playing football and you get tackled and break an arm, you may not sue the person who tackled you. On the other hand, if you are playing tennis and a fight breaks out and you are hit in the head with a racket, you may be able to sue the person who hit you, since the assumption of risk does not cover any injury that was intentionally inflicted and not an inherent part of the game. 

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