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Law Number

Va. Code Ann. 8.01-226.4

Summary Title

Liability: Hospice Volunteer


An individual who, voluntarily and in good faith, provides care to a terminally ill hospice patient will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Civil immunity for hospice volunteers

Full Text

Any individual who, in good faith, without compensation, and in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, renders care to a terminally ill patient pursuant to a hospice program whose sole purpose is to provide care and treatment to terminally ill patients and whose services are equally available to all members of the community, shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions resulting from the rendering of such care.