Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Slip and Fall On Snow or Ice Case Gets Beyond Summary Judgment

In the case of Tuft v. Giglio, No. 3:20-CV-643 (M.D. Pa. March 7, 2022 Mannion, J.), the court denied summary judgment in a slip and fall case.

In this matter, in which there is testimony that the Defendant’s property had been cleared of snow before the Plaintiff allegedly fell, the court found that a dispute of fact prevented summary judgment under the hills and ridges doctrine.

Judge Mannion reiterated the rule of law that the hills and ridges doctrine only applies to a natural accumulation of snow or ice. The court found that, under the facts of this case, there was a factual dispute as to whether the doctrine should be applied.

As such, summary judgment was denied.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.

I send thanks to Attorney James M. Beck of the Philadelphia office of the Reid Smith law firm for bringing this case to my attention.

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