You Could Suffer InjuriesWhen you visit a place of worship, do you ever expect that you could suffer any sort of accidental injuries? The church or other place of worship that you frequent is supposed to be a safe place for you and your family. However, many people are involve in unexpected accidents that leave them struggling with a variety of injuries. Depending on the specific type details of the incident, victims could suffer injuries ranging from minor to severe. Although every incident is different, some of the common injuries that victims could suffer include the following:
- Head injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries, back injuries, and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries, hip injuries, knee injuries
- Pelvic fractures
- Fractured ribs
- Broken arms and legs (and other similar injuries)
- Sprains and strains
- Organ damage, nerve damage, ligament damage, muscle damage
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Different Types of AccidentsThere are many different types of personal injury accidents that innocent parties could suffer at a place of worship. The term “personal injury accident” is a blanket term that applies to many different types of incidents that could result in injuries. Some of the most common accidents that could occur in churches or church vehicles include the following:
- Falling Objects – falling objects can cause some of the most devastating harm. In locations where heavy objects are elevated (some examples include large pieces or religious paintings and statutes, for example). When these heavy objects are misplaced, unbalanced, or simply too heavy to be located in an elevated area, they can fall down onto whoever is standing or walking below. Falling objects usually result in traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, and spinal cord injuries, for instance.
- Slip and Falls – slip and fall accidents, by far, are some of the most common types of personal injury accidents. Slip and falls can occur as a result of leaks, spilled liquids, misplaced weather mats, slippery surfaces, and wet floors, for example. These hazards are often difficult to identify without the appropriate warning signs.
- Trip and Falls – trip and fall accidents can occur at any time; anyone who can walk can suffer a trip and fall accident. Trip and falls can generally occur as a result of hazards along walkways. Some examples of these hazards can include torn carpeting, misplaced mats, exposed wires, unleveled flooring, cracked sidewalks, and potholes, for example. Because these hazards are often unperceivable, they are especially dangerous.
- Bus Accidents – many churches have shuttles or buses to facilitate travel between the church and locations in which they organize church-related activities. All vehicles on the road can be involved in accidents at any time; church vehicles are no exceptions. The reckless actions of the bus driver or an unaffiliated driver as well of the reckless actions of an agency (failing to ensure that roads are in safe condition) could result in bus accidents.
Understanding Liability in Church-related IncidentsIf you were involved in a church accident, whether on the church’s property or traveling in a church vehicle, the church might be liable for the harm that you suffered – leaving you with the right to pursue a claim. Depending on the specific incident in which you were involved, the church or other place of worship might face liability. In general, to prove that a church is liable for the harm suffered in an incident, victims will have to prove a few things: (1) a hazardous condition within the church’s premises/property caused your injuries; (2) church representatives were aware or should have been aware of the hazardous condition; (3) church representatives failed to address the hazardous condition; (4) the hazard was a direct cause of your incident; (5) you suffered injuries. Another way to look at this same concept is through the four elements of negligence. A party owes others a duty of care. A party breaches their duty of care towards others, creating a risk of an incident. The incident results in injuries. Therefore, the injuries are a direct result of a breached duty of care. The church owes you a duty of care; when the duty of care is breached, innocent parties are put at risk of injuries. What does this mean? If the church accident could have been prevented with the quick actions of a church representative (by addressing a hazard or actually exercising their duty of care), the church will likely be liable for the harm that you suffered.
Other Parties Could Be LiableAlthough the church could be liable for the accidents that occur on their premises, they might not be liable for the accidents that involve their church vehicles, for example. In vehicular accidents, the drivers of the parties involved are generally liable. The church’s duty of care extends to ensuring that their hired drivers have clear backgrounds (no DUI’s, accidents, reckless driving, etc). They must also ensure that their hired drivers have been trained and are properly licensed. In cases in which the accident is caused by drunk or reckless driving, the church will likely not face liability – given that the church had no idea that the driver could have exercised such negligence. If the church had previously received complaints regarding the driver’s recklessness, for example, and failed to act, the church could be liable for the accident. Of course, if an unaffiliated party caused the accident, it would be that party (and his or her insurance company) that would face liability. Likewise, if the accident was caused by defective road conditions, the city agency responsible for road maintenance would be liable. In church bus accidents, there are usually many factors to consider before establishing liability. Therefore, it is essential that you discuss your claim with an expert of church accidents as soon as possible.
Can You Sue?Can I sue a church? Can I sue a place of worship for an accident on site? Can I sue a place of worship for an injury on a church vehicle? Can I sue the liable party for church vehicle accidents or church bus accidents? Can you sue for an injury on site? Without a doubt, you have the right to sue for church accidents. As explained above, liability is based on negligence. Therefore, if the harm that you suffered was a direct result of negligence, you will have the right to file a claim. In other words, if your injuries were directly related to a breached duty of care, you could sue. If you would like to learn more about your right to sue after a church accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our church accident lawyers will evaluate your claim and will guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit.
You Could Receive CompensationWith the assistance of an attorney, your lawsuit could be successful and you could recover compensation for your church accident case. The type and amount of compensation that you are eligible to recover will always depend on the specific details of your claim. In general, the more severe the harm suffered, the higher the value of the claim. Additionally, if the harm that you suffered affected and will continue to affect different aspects of your life, your claim could be worth more than if only little to no aspects of your life were affected. So, what type of compensation could you receive for a church accident? Although every claim is different, claimants could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
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