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Personal Injuries - Part 1

On Church Property or During Church Activities

• Can a church and one of its trustees be legally liable for injuries sustained by an independent contractor hired to paint the church? No, concluded a Missouri state appeals court. A church trustee, acting on behalf of the church, contracted with a local painting company to paint the exterior of the church building. While painting a window frame at a height of 28 feet, a painter fell from a ladder and sustained serious injuries (resulting in quadriplegia). The injured painter sued the church and the trustee who signed the contract as well as the manufacturer of the ladder. A trial court dismissed the church and trustee from the lawsuit, and the painter appealed. A state appeals court also ruled in favor of the church and trustee. It began its opinion by observing that "generally, one who contracts with an independent contractor to perform work is not liable for bodily injury caused ...

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  • January 1, 1990