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

An Illinois court ruled that a church could be liable for injuries sustained by participants in a "treasure hunt."

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Key point. Churches may be liable on the basis of negligence for injuries occurring during "treasurer" or "scavenger" hunts.

An Illinois court ruled that a church could be liable for injuries sustained by participants in a "treasure hunt." Many churches conduct "treasure" or "scavenger" hunts. Often these are done by youth groups, but not always. Church leaders should review this case carefully before permitting such events. The church in question conducted a treasure hunt, and two church members were injured when the car in which they were traveling struck another vehicle while traveling at an excessive rate of speed. The church was sued on the basis of negligence in organizing and supervising the event. Specifically, the lawsuit alleged that the church organized the treasure hunt, and that participants were encouraged to operate their motor vehicles in a careless and reckless manner ...

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  • January 1, 1998

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