Henderson v. Reid Hospital & Healthcare Services - 7/15/14

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Tuesday  July 15, 2014 
1:30 PM  EST

1:30 p.m. 89A04-1311-CT-550. This case involves an appeal from the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Reid Hospital and Healthcare Services in a case brought by Lori Henderson for injuries sustained when she fell on snow and ice in the Hospital's parking lot. Henderson contends that the trial court erred because material issues of fact exist and summary judgment was improperly granted. Specifically, Henderson argues that issues of fact exist as to whether the Hospital had sufficient opportunity to learn of the ice accumulation and rid the parking lot of the risk. She claims that the trial court incorrectly held that the Hospital did not have a duty to her, as an invitee, to remove the snow or ice until the precipitation had ceased and that controlling authority in Indiana, which adopted a reasonableness standard for determining whether a landowner exercised ordinary care in removing the natural accumulation of ice and snow on the premises, does not require the weather event at issue to cease before a landowner has a duty to an invitee to exercise reasonable care to remove the snow or ice.

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