For all who volunteer at Pennsic, Gulf Wars, Lillies, Estrella or
other American events, our work is covered under the U.S. federal
Volunteer Protection Act of 1997. here's a summary of the important
stuff related to Chirurgeons, from Mistress Katrei, Society
1- It limits lawsuits against volunteers serving nonprofit
public and private organizations and governmental agencies.
2- It protects the volunteer against claims of negligence.
It does NOT protect the volunteer against claims of gross
negligence, willful or criminal misconduct, reckless misconduct or
conscious, flagrant indifference to the rights or safety of the
3- Action and inaction are both covered in the Act.
4- Individual states may impose additional conditions on the
provisions of the Act, including additional training. Individual
states may also provide that there is no limitation of liability.
5- The Act does not prevent lawsuits.
6- The Act does NOT protect the organizations, only those
volunteering for the organizations.