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Injuries While Volunteering

Court rules volunteer cannot be sued for accident.

Key point. Some states protect volunteers who perform services on behalf of charities from being sued by persons who are injured by the volunteers.

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that a volunteer performing services on behalf of a charity cannot be sued as a result of injuries that occur as a result of those services. A Red Cross volunteer was driving a woman in a Red Cross vehicle to a hospital for medical services. On the way the car was involved in an accident with another vehicle and the woman passenger was injured. The woman later died, and her estate sued the volunteer for negligent driving. The volunteer defended himself by asserting that Virginia recognized the principle of charitable immunity, and that under this doctrine he could not be liable for the woman's injuries since they occurred while he was performing charitable services. Under these circumstances, the volunteer ...

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  • September 1, 1996

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