Can a person sue a nonprofit on public school grounds?

We are a nonprofit that uses a public school football
field for games. A lady said she tripped in a hole on
the sideline and hurt her ankle. She walked out and
said she hurt it. The husband called the school and
now wants me to call them. I’m not certain of my
liability for the non-profit organization that was
hosting the game.

Asked on August 22, 2016 under Personal Injury, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Your organization would not be responsible for an injury due to a hole or depression in the field unless your organization maintains the field; but if not--if the school maintains the field--they would be the ones potentially responsible for any field-related injuries. And while you do not describe the nature/type of non-profit, assuming it a corporation of some sort or some other non-sole-propietorship or non-partnership form of entity, you should not personally be liable for any debts of or judgments against it: if the non-profit were to be liable for anything, onlh the non-profit itself should be.


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