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Injuries in Church Parking Lots

A woman sued a church after slipping and falling on their icy parking lot.

A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled that a Catholic church and diocese were not responsible for the injuries sustained by a woman who slipped and fell on an icy church parking lot. The woman, who was attending the church to participate in a bingo game, alleged that the parking lot was covered with a sheet of ice and also 5 inches of new snow. She alleged that the church had been negligent in failing to "implement some remedial measure (placing salt or ashes, warning visitors of the presence of ice, or barricading the icy area)," and accordingly the church was responsible for her injuries. A trial court ruled in favor of the church, and the woman appealed. A state appeals court agreed that the church was not responsible for the woman's injuries. It observed:

[A]n owner or occupier of land is not liable for general slippery conditions, for to require that one's walks be always free of ...

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  • November 2, 1992

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