If you have suffered an injury at a mosque this question might have crossed your mind. After all a mosque is a place of worship, somewhere the local community meets. It is there to provide services and advice to the local community, free of charge. We are all comfortable with the idea that a business run for profit or a public body can be sued if you have suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of the owner or an employee, but, does the same hold true for religious organisations?
You may think that religious organisations and charities have immunity from being sued. Whilst it is true that they may have been given immunity from prosecution in certain cases, being a religious institution or charity does not provide immunity from all prosecutions. A charity or a religious institution can be prosecuted for breaches of the data protection act, and they can be sued for compensation for injuries. So the answer to the question, ‘can I claim for injury at a mosque?’, is yes. Even though a mosque is not run for profit and is not a public body, such as a local authority, it still has a duty of care to its worshippers, to the general public, to volunteers, to its employees, and to any contractors who may be working on site. Mosques, just like any other organisation are covered by UK Health and Safety regulations.
Of course, as with any other personal injury claim, you will still be required to prove that the mosque had a duty of care towards you, that it broke that duty of care, and that the injury you suffered was due to this breach of the duty of care.
Common causes of an injury at a mosque
Trips and falls are common causes of injuries in the workplace, and the same types of accidents can happen at mosques. If your trip or fall was caused by misleading signage, or poorly maintained buildings or paths, it is possible that you may be able to claim compensation for any injury you sustained as a result. In addition to being able to claim compensation for your injury, it may also be possible to claim for loss of earnings and any other expenses you may have incurred as a result, such as trips to a physiotherapist. In order to make a successful claim you will need to provide evidence in the form of a medical report detailing your injuries and the treatment prescribed, along with receipts for travel and other costs.
Wherever an accident occurs it is advisable to record as much information as possible. Take witness statements, and if possible, provide a photograph of the scene of the accident. This will help later in determining whether you have a case for compensation or not.
Accident Advice Helpline has experienced lawyers who have dealt with many similar claims and will be able to advise you, both on whether your claim is likely to succeed and what you need to do to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: May 28, 2014
Author: David Brown