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Man Suffers Heart Attack During Aerobics Class

Athletic club found not legally responsible.

Key point: A church will not necessarily be liable for the death of an adult participant in an aerobics class.

• The New York Court of Appeals ruled that an athletic club was not legally responsible for a fatal heart attack suffered by a participant in an aerobics class. This case will be of interest to churches that conduct similar programs. An adult male suffered a heart attack during an aerobics class at a fitness center, and died within a few minutes. His widow sued the center, claiming that it was guilty of negligence. Specifically, she alleged that the center was negligent in the following ways: (1) in how it conducted the aerobics class; (2) in the manner in which emergency treatment was performed on the deceased before the rescue squad arrived; (3) in failing to adequately evaluate the deceased's medical profile form properly and to screen and test him properly to determine ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • March 1, 1994

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