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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 2

A New York court ruled that a church was not liable for injuries suffered by a child who fell from a piece of playground equipment on church property during an organized “after school” program.

Key point 10-11. A church may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries resulting from a failure to exercise adequate supervision of its programs and activities.

Key point 10-11.1. Churches can reduce the risk of liability based on negligent supervision for injuries not involving sexual misconduct by adopting risk management policies and procedures.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A New York court ruled that a church was not liable for injuries suffered by a child who fell from a piece of playground equipment on church property during an organized "after school" program. A child was injured when he slipped and fell while engaged in normal play on a "monkey-bars" apparatus during an after-school program operated by a church. Two adult supervisors were approximately 15 feet away from the child when they saw him fall. At least one other supervisor ...

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  • November 1, 2002