Volunteer Protection Act (USA)
- Much ado was made during the Great Pennsic Chirurgeon Shut-Down of 06,
bout the "VPA" and its ramifications both on Pennsic, and also on the
Chirurgeonate. This is from Mistress Katrei, the Society Chirurgeon,
about the VPA legislation.
Things to know about the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997
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 individual
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.
The Act does NOT protect the organizations, only those volunteering
for the organizations.