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charitable immunity


A doctrine that arose in English common law, which in the past made charitable organisations–e.g., hospitals, immune from money-damage awards for negligence claims.

Without the immunity, the organisation might be impaired or even crippled in its ability to carry out its charitable mission were it resources drained and diverted away from treating multiple patients by paying civil damages to the occasional injured plaintiff. Over time, the courts have become less and less willing to continue granting hospitals said immunity. 


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