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Law Number

N.J. Stat. 2A:53A-7

Summary Title

Liability: Nonprofit Volunteer

Summary

An individual who is a trustee, director, officer, employee, or other type of volunteer affiliated with a nonprofit organization will not be held legally responsible by any person who benefits from the nonprofit organization’s activities and who suffers injury or damage to property because of the nonprofit organization’s activities. Health care providers who are compensated for the services provided on behalf of a nonprofit organization can be held legally responsible. Any above listed individual who operates a motor vehicle or who acts with either extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm can also be held legally responsible.

Full Title

Immunity from liability for negligence

Full Text

subsection shall be deemed to grant immunity to any health care provider, in the practice of his profession, who is a compensated employee, agent or servant of any nonprofit corporation, society or association organized exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes. b. No nonprofit corporation, society or association organized exclusively for hospital purposes or its trustees, directors, officers or volunteers shall, except as is hereinafter set forth, be liable to respond in damages to any person who shall suffer damage from the negligence of any agent or servant of such corporation, society or association, where such person is a beneficiary, to whatever degree, of the works of such nonprofit corporation, society or association; provided, however, that such immunity from liability shall not extend to any person who shall suffer damage from the negligence of such corporation, society, or association or of its agents or servants where such person is one unconcerned in and unrelated to and outside of the benefactions of such corporation, society or association; but nothing herein contained shall be deemed to exempt the agent, employee or servant individually from their liability for any such negligence. c. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to grant immunity to: (1) any trustee, director, officer, employee, agent, servant or volunteer causing damage by a willful, wanton or grossly negligent act of commission or omission, including sexual assault and other crimes of a sexual nature; (2) any trustee, director, officer, employee, agent, servant or volunteer causing damage as the result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle; or (3) an independent contractor of a nonprofit corporation, society or association organized exclusively for religious, charitable, educational or hospital purposes.