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Case Law Update: Premises Liability

In Britton v. University of Chicago Hospitals, No. 1-06-3080 (May 27, 2008) 5th div. (Tully) the Court affirmed, holding that the plaintiff’s complaint against hospital, for injuries she sustained when glass on revolving door, which she used to gain entry to hospital, broke after she pushed on it is subject to summary dismissal. Plaintiff has failed to present any evidence to show that hospital breached its duty to maintain door; or that its negligent maintenance proximately caused her injuries. Further, since door was not in exclusive control of defendant, and injury was not one that typically occurs in the absence of negligence, the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor does not apply.