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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 1

An Indiana court upheld a jury award of $17 million in a "slip and fall" case.

Key point 7-20.1. In most states, whether a church is liable for injuries occurring on its premises will depend on the whether the victim is an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser. Churches, like any property owner, owe the highest degree of care to invitees, a lesser degree of care to licensees, and a very minimal degree of care to trespassers. As a result, it is more likely that churches will be liable for injuries to persons who meet the definition of an "invitee."
Premises Liability

* An Indiana court upheld a jury award of $17 million in a "slip and fall" case. Our research shows that the most likely reason that churches are sued is for personal injuries resulting from "slips and falls" on church premises or from auto accidents involving church vehicles. While in most cases the amount of monetary damages involved in such cases is modest, there are ...

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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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  • May 1, 2003