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

A federal appeals court ruled that a missions board was not liable for the death of a short-term missionary who was murdered while in Somalia.

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 federal appeals court ruled that a missions board was not liable for the death of a short-term missionary who was murdered while in Somalia. An attorney (Diana) left her law practice to become a relief worker for the missions board of her denomination. She served in a number of international assignments. On a trip to Somalia, she was shot and killed. Her mother later sued the missions board, claiming that it had failed to discharge its duty to protect her daughter as she assisted in carrying out the board's activities. Specifically, the mother claimed that the missions board was expected to provide reasonable safety and security, including "proper security ...

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  • January 1, 2004

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