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Federal Volunteer Protection Act — Overview

Federal Volunteer Protection Act — Overview

The Federal Volunteer Protection Act

The Volunteer Protection Act (VPA) is a federal law that was designed to promote volunteerism by granting civil immunity to volunteers under certain circumstances. The VPA was signed into law by President Clinton in 1997.

Immunity

The VPA provides that a volunteer may not be held liable by a civil court for harm the volunteer has caused to a person while performing services for a nonprofit organization or governmental entity. However, the VPA contains many exceptions. For example, a volunteer is not immune from liability if he or she is guilty of willful or criminal misconduct, he or she has committed a hate crime or a sexual offense, or he or she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the act or omission that caused the harm.

The VPA provides immunity only to volunteers. The VPA does not grant immunity to nonprofit organizations or governmental entities.

Punitive and Noneconomic Damages

The VPA limits punitive and noneconomic damage awards against volunteers.

Preemption of State Law

With some exceptions, the VPA preempts state laws to the extent that such laws are inconsistent with the provisions of the VPA.

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Settlements & Awards
  • Mattoon. 13 IWCC 0307.

    52-year-old worker. 9th grade education. Left hand tendon laceration. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $436.64 per week for life.

  • Champaign. 08 WC 024676.

    54-year-old CNA. Bilateral shoulder surgeries. Permanent restrictions. Two vocational experts failed to locate suitable light duty work. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $441.93 per week for life.

  • Springfield. 07 WC 022228.

    66-year-old maintenance worker. Failed two level lumbar fusion. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $538.36 per week for life.

  • Quincy. 12 IWCC 0936.

    56-year-old municipal worker. Lumbar and S1 radiculopathy. Permanent work restrictions. No surgery. Failed job search. Awarded $466.13 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $581,730.00

  • Quincy. 12 IWCC0715.

    52-year-old CNA. Lumbar fusion. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $420.33 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $671,571.96.

  • Springfield, IL. 07WC33626.

    63-year-old truck driver. Four shoulder surgeries. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $802.61 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $780,467.00

  • Quincy, IL. 09WC47036.

    56-year-old street worker. Disc injury. No surgery. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $466.13 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of award is $586,577.99

  • Quincy, IL. 06WC39148.

    52-year-old LPN. Lumbar fusion. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $420.33 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of award is $677,571.00

  • Springfield, IL. 10IWCC0667.

    56-year-old union pipe-fitter. Injured forearm/surgery. Permanent restrictions. Job change. Wage loss. Awarded wage differential of $550 a week for life. Total lifetime expected payout is $833,804

  • Springfield, IL. 10IWCC0875.

    54-year-old union laborer. Spinal injuries and head trauma. Unable to return to work. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $642.50 per week for life. Total lifetime expected lifetime payout of $998,400

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