Assumption of Risk
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and is extremely contagious. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life- threatening illness and even death. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend precautions which are evolving.
Although EpiCon sponsored by Epilepsy Foundation ("EF") will take measures to ensure that its activities will be conducted using recommended safety protocols, Epilepsy Foundation cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in Activities. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of COVID-19. Therefore, if you choose to participate in EpiCon Activities, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
By purchasing tickets and registering for EpiCon, I acknowledge I have read and understood the above warning about COVID-19. I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in the EpiCon Activities and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in Activities may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Epilepsy Foundation employees, other participants, officers, agents, and members of the general public.
Waiver, Release, and Indemnification
As a condition of my participation in the Conference, I agree to hold harmless, defend and indemnify Epilepsy Foundation , its directors, officers, employees, volunteers, licensees, cooperating entities, agencies, their representatives, heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns (the "Protected Parties") from any and all claims of mine, my partner/spouse, family members, or others arising from my injury or loss due to my participation in the Conference, including those arising from the inherent risks of attending the Conference or the negligence of the Protected Parties to the greatest extent allowed by law.
I agree that if I am exposed or infected by COVID-19 during my participation in Activities or any travel related thereto, then I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against Epilepsy Foundation and the Releasees on the basis of any claim for negligence. I further understand that Epilepsy Foundation does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide me with financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability benefits or insurance. I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of Epilepsy Foundation in the event of injury, illness, or medical expenses incurred by me.
In the event that I file a lawsuit against Epilepsy Foundation, I agree to do so solely in the State of Maryland, and I further agree that the substantive law of Maryland shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict of law rules. Each party hereby irrevocably consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any state or federal court located within the State of Maryland. Notwithstanding any other term of this Agreement, in no event shall any liability of the Releasees exceed the amount actually paid for the Activities or One Hundred Dollars ($100), whichever is greater.
The undersigned further expressly agrees that the foregoing waiver, release, and indemnity agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of Maryland and that if any portion is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall notwithstanding continue in full legal force and effect.
''Releasees'' include Epilepsy Foundation and its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, partners, event hosts, owners and operators of the premises used to conduct any event and each of them, their officers, directors, agents and employees.
I acknowledge that I have not relied upon any representations of Epilepsy Foundation and understand these waivers and releases are necessary to allow Epilepsy Foundation to offer EpiCon Activities to me.
I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document, I have read and understood it, and I agree to be bound by its terms. I understand I have given up substantial rights by signing it, and have signed it freely and voluntarily without any inducement, assurance, or guarantee being made to me and intend my signature to be complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.