Who can claim charitable immunity from a personal injury claim in Virginia? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The law that offers charitable immunity, section 44-146.23 of the Virginia Code, includes this list of organizations and people who can claim the protection from insurance claims and civil lawsuits:

  • Individuals
  • Corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Associations
  • Cooperatives
  • Limited liability companies
  • Trusts
  • Joint ventures
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Charitable organizations
  • Legal or commercial entities and any successors
  • Officers
  • Directors
  • Representatives
  • Agents

To qualify for charitable immunity, an individual or organization must show that they were engaged in providing aid, shelter, emergency response, advice or comfort at the time that an injury or death occurred.