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Recent Developments in Florida Regarding Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a funeral home was responsible for injuries sustained by a woman who was involved in an accident while driving her vehicle through a red light at a busy intersection as part of a funeral procession.

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Key point. A church may be liable for accidents that occur during a funeral procession.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a funeral home was responsible for injuries sustained by a woman who was involved in an accident while driving her vehicle through a red light at a busy intersection as part of a funeral procession. The woman claimed that the funeral home was aware that the procession would pass through a major intersection, that many guests were from out—of—town and were not familiar with the traffic route, and that the vehicles in the procession could not all pass through the intersection on a green light. Despite this knowledge, the funeral home (1) failed to use law enforcement personnel to direct traffic; (2) failed to properly supervise the procession; (3) failed to advise guests of the potential traffic hazards; (4) failed to provide guests with written instructions ...

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  • January 1, 1998

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