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

A Michigan court ruled that a church was liable on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries sustained by a small boy.

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 Michigan court ruled that a church was liable on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries sustained by a small boy who slipped and fell off of a piece of exercise equipment on the church's property. A young boy (the "victim") attended a church-based head start program. One day, when the class was outdoors, the victim wandered away from the other children to play on the monkey bars. He was not noticed by the teacher's assistant assigned to his class. While playing on the monkey bars, the victim fell and broke his arm. His mother sued the church, claiming that her son's injury was caused by the church's negligent supervision. A trial ...

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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 1, 2004