Protecting Your Congregation From Slips Trips and Falls

August 12th, 2021 at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
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Removing Hazards on Church Property


Church should be a safe place for people to worship and gather, however based on the number of claims related to slips and falls, many congregants experience injuries that are life changing. Churches are full of potential hazards for congregants: steps and stair wells, slippery parking lots, walk ways, and surfaces, sidewalks in disrepair, and transitions (carpet to vinyl, etc). Join Insurance Board on Thursday, August 12 at 2pm EST as Attorney James Abbott offers considerations for your ministry to provide a safer environment for everyone. Insurance Board’s very own Cy McFarlin, Director of Claims Administration, and Monroe Moore, Senior Claims Analyst, will be available to discuss claims trends impacting ministries related to slips, trips and falls.

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Partner, Litchfield Cavo LLP

Jim is an experienced trial attorney who concentrates his practice in defending professionals, businesses, nonprofitt and municipal entities. He has tried cases throughout Illinois in state and federal courts. Additionally, he has been admitted pro hac vice for trials in multiple states as lead counsel or to serve as national/regional coordinating counsel.

Jim frequently takes on difficult but topical cases that garner media attention, such as opioid litigation as well as cases alleging negligence and abuse in churches, nonprofit and youth organizations. He also defends clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions. Jim’s devotion to his clients and fearless demeanor in the courtroom is unwavering. As a result, Jim’s clients know that they can count on him to try any case, no matter the odds. In some cases, this includes asking him to appear late in high exposure cases after settlement negotiations have failed.

Jim applies his results-oriented attitude to his representation of professionals from all backgrounds. He regularly defends doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies and pharmacists, and long term care facilities in malpractice and regulatory matters. He has a particular expertise in defending actions alleging complex medication errors. Jim also takes great pride in being a go-to advocate for those in his own profession–when other attorneys are sued for legal malpractice. He likewise defends accountants, architects and engineers in malpractice matters.

Jim understands that businesses face unique challenges when sued. He works tirelessly to make his clients relatable to a jury in order to combat a “David vs. Goliath” scenario in court. This approach has proved successful in his premises liability and products liability practice, which is focused on asbestos, mass tort and toxic tort litigation. He also defends clients in contract and warranty actions, non-compete claims, consumer fraud and unfair business practice actions. Jim handles class action defense and defends businesses in retaliatory discharge and discrimination actions, and participates on Litchfield Cavo LLP’s COVID-19 Resource Team.

Cy McFarlin
Cy McFarlin

Director, Claims Administration

Cy has been with the Insurance Board for 9 years. Prior to joining Insurance Board, Cy worked in leadership positions with Allstate and Progressive. Cy’s background includes more than 20 years as an insurance professional in claims, underwriting, and risk management. He has proven experience in project management and team leadership. Cy earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

 Monroe Moore, CCP
Monroe Moore, CCP

Senior Claims Analyst

Monroe is a graduate of the University of Toledo and has several years’ experience as a liability claims examiner. His past work experience includes positions with Lancer Insurance, National General Insurance, and Progressive. He has achieved the designation of Certified Claims Professional from Claims Litigation Management. He is excited to continue his career helping and supporting people through his work.