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Travel Injuries: Why Churches Must Prepare Better

A $42 million school verdict underscores need for prevention.

Travel Injuries: Why Churches Must Prepare Better
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A $42 million verdict recently was rendered against a private secondary school in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut as a result of an injury to a minor on a month-long trip to China. The victim sustained permanent brain damage as a result of a tick bite; based on the conclusions made with the verdict, the injury was due to the school's negligence.*

A release signed by the victim's parents was disregarded.

The victim's attorney said, "I hope that this case will help alert all schools who sponsor overseas trips for minors that they need to check the Centers for Disease Control for disease risks in the areas where they will be travelling, and that they must advise children in their care to use repellant and wear proper clothing when necessary. [The victim's] injuries were easily preventable."

Any church that sends teams of minors on short-term ...

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  • August 26, 2014

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