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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities

A New York court ruled that a religious organization was not responsible for a spontaneous attack inflicted by an adolescent male.

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 New York court ruled that a religious organization was not responsible for a spontaneous attack inflicted by an adolescent male against a 10-year-old boy while on a camping trip. A 10-year-old boy was assaulted by a fellow camper in a bunkhouse they shared at a summer camp operated by a religious organization. The victim's mother sued the religious organization, claiming that it was responsible for her son's injuries on the basis of negligent supervision and a failure to provide proper medical care after the assault. The religious organization insisted that it was not liable since the victim's injuries were the result of a "spontaneous altercation" that ...

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  • May 2, 2005