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Injured Board Member Sues Church

A court allowed the case to proceed.

• A church board member who was seriously injured when he fell off a ladder while installing a ceiling fan in the church sued both the pastor and church. The board member agreed to donate and install ceiling fans at the church free of charge when it became apparent that the air conditioning system no longer worked. While installing a fan at an elevation of more than 20 feet, he fell of the ladder and was injured permanently. The board member claimed that the pastor and church were legally responsible for his injuries under Illinois law. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit, and the board member appealed. A state appeals court rejected the board member's claim that the church and its pastor were negligent in inadequately supervising the work or failing to provide proper equipment. The court observed: "[I]t is well-established that a landowner is not liable for injuries resulting from ...

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  • May 1, 1991

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