Articles Tagged with assumption of risk

tim-gouw-128115-copy-300x200Accidents and injuries are part of life, and they can come upon us at the most inopportune times. One minute you can be driving down the road, and then the next you are in an accident, suffering because some other person did not follow the rules of the road. Of course, these are the risks we take to get to where we want to be. We move at high rates of speeds and reap the rewards, while at the same time taking on the risks that come with it. Fortunately for us, there are laws to protect us once we are in an accident, but those laws can be troublesome for some in certain circumstances. If you have been injured in an accident, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer for assistance today.

What is Assumption of Risk?

Assumption of the risk is a fairly common legal doctrine that is meant to help defendants avoid paying for an accident for which they may not be liable. The name of the doctrine may seem self-explanatory, but it is a bit more complex than the name suggests, as any Atlanta personal injury lawyer will tell you.

hermes-rivera-265372-copy-300x200According to reports, the state of New York will settle with a little-known boxer for over $20 million dollars after those involved botched his medical care following a boxing match. The case began in 2013 when two heavyweights went toe-to-toe in a marquee matchup in Madison Square Garden. The problems for the victim began when his opponent smashed his face with a forearm, and it went downhill from there.

The whole fight lasted for 10 rounds, when it was called. The victim was suffering from a broken jaw and severe swelling to his whole head. The problem was that the doctors on site (it is alleged) did not treat him adequately, and even left him to fend for himself to get a taxi to go to the hospital in spite of the fact there was an ambulance just outside the venue.

What resulted was a severe head injury that left the man without many of his normal functions. According to the reports, the victim cannot now put a sentence of words together, and is suffering from brain damage. The settlement he reached with the state of New York will go a long way to ensuring that he gets the proper care going forward.