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

An Ohio court ruled that a church was not responsible for injuries sustained by a minor who was injured while trespassing on church property.

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Key point. Churches are not necessarily responsible for injuries sustained by minors while trespassing on church property.

An Ohio court ruled that a church was not responsible for injuries sustained by a minor who was injured while trespassing on church property. A church owned a "water drenching machine" that was used at various church activities. The machine was designed to be connected to a hose, and anyone who hit a lever on the machine with a ball caused an individual in the machine to be drenched with water. When not in use, the church stored the machine against a wall in the back of the church. A "no trespassing" sign was posted by the church. In addition, neighborhood children were not permitted to play on church premises during the week. The pastor and his wife frequently chased uninvited children off the property. One day a 6—year—old boy entered the church's ...

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  • January 1, 1998

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