Citizen Corps Volunteer Liability Guide: An Overview of Legal Issues and Approaches to Address Liability for Emergency Volunteers
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
"FEMA has learned from Citizen Corps Councils, volunteer program managers, and volunteers that liability is a significant concern and a potential barrier to volunteer involvement in emergency services. Liability--legal responsibility for one's acts or omissions--includes diverse concerns: legally imposed payment of damages for personal injury or property damage; penalties for practicing a profession or trade without the required license or permit; compensation for lost income and medical expenses of an injured volunteer; and damages for breach of contract. To offer guidance in this area, FEMA funded the nonprofit Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) to develop the Citizen Corps Volunteer Liability Guide (CCVLG) to provide an overview of liability and to suggest some approaches to addressing these concerns. The material in this Guide is offered for general information purposes only. It does not provide legal advice, and the user is encouraged to seek out state-specific counsel from a qualified attorney before taking any action. This Guide also does not address specialized liability issues, such as liability based on credentialing and privileging of healthcare workers, accreditation of healthcare facilities, privacy laws, and quarantine decisions. Descriptions of statutory provisions have been paraphrased to make them easier to read, and the user is encouraged to review the complete statutory language. Links to all state statutory websites have been provided for this purpose. Finally, while there can be no guarantees against being sued, being informed on the issues can minimize your risk."
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    United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
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    Public Domain
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    National Office of Citizen Corps:
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    Emergency management--Planning
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    LLIS Collection

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