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Q. Can our ministry be responsible for injury or expense related to bedbugs, bats or other pests if they’re found at our facility? How do we deal with this situation?

... If a guest comes into contact with a pest at your facility and their interaction with the pest results in injury, disease or financial damage, your ministry could potentially be liable for the injury or expense that’s incurred.

Q. Do we have to report all injuries, even those that are insignificant?

... Prompt reporting of all work-related injuries is a risk management best practice for any ministry.

Q. How should our church respond to children with chronic communicable illnesses?

...Ministry leaders should plan ahead and develop policies and procedures that balance the interests of the infected minor against the ministry’s responsibility for the overall health and safety of all children and ministry workers.

Q: How can our ministry limit liability resulting from sudden medical emergencies?

...Ministries can limit liability by having a trained and equipped Medical Response Team...

Q: How do good Samaritan laws apply to our ministry?

...Consult with a local attorney to find out if good Samaritan laws apply to churches in your state...

Q: How should our ministry address serious allergies?

...Address serious allergies by educating and preparing your staff and volunteers to handle allergic reactions...

Q: How should we handle children attending our ministry’s school who have a medical need for personal medical devices?

...It’s a good idea to create and follow a child care policy that addresses how the ministry will accommodate children who have chronic and severe medical conditions requiring the assistance of a personal medical device (i.e., an insulin pump)...

Q: What if children in our ministry’s care have not received standard immunizations?

...Craft and follow a child care policy that addresses how the ministry will deal with unvaccinated children...

Q: What is parish nursing?

...When forming a parish nursing program in your ministry, follow these steps...

Q: What legal concerns are associated with our ministry opening a healthcare clinic?

...When administering medical care as part of your ministry, you need to minimize your legal risks...

*Important information: Brotherhood Mutual is pleased to provide LegalAssistance as a complimentary resource. The services we offer through LegalAssistance are intended to provide general legal information to our current and prospective policyholders.

The information we provide is intended to be helpful, but it does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice from a licensed attorney in your area. Accordingly, no attorney/client relationship is created through this process, and no legal advice will be provided. We strongly encourage you to regularly consult with a local attorney as part of your risk management program.

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