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

A California court ruled that a school was responsible for an off-campus injury to a student.

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.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A California court ruled that a school was responsible for an off-campus injury to a student. This case is directly relevant to church leaders, since occasionally a minor will be injured off of church property, and the church's responsibility for the injury becomes a concern. In this case, a student was shot by another student after he left an off-campus, school-sponsored event. The jury awarded the victim damages of $313,300 and attributed half of the fault to the school. The school appealed, claiming that it had no duty to protect a student from an injury that occurred off-campus. The appeals court upheld the verdict against the school. The court concluded ...

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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 3, 2003

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