Hawkins Parnell Wins Summary Judgment in Slip-and-Fall Case

July 6, 2012 – Press Release

July 6, 2012 (Athens, GA)  Hawkins Parnell & Young won summary judgment on behalf of four Defendants (three property owners and a property management company) in a premises liability case filed in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Plaintiff, a tenant of the apartment complex, filed negligence claims against Defendants after she allegedly slipped and fell on a wet, algae-covered patio.

Hawkins Parnell argued that Defendants were entitled to summary judgment because the evidence showed that Plaintiff walked across the area on prior occasions and was aware of the condition of the patio when she fell. The Court agreed, rejected Plaintiff’s contention that she was not aware of the specific hazard at the time of incident, and held that Plaintiff was not entitled to recover. Accordingly, on July 6, 2012, the Court granted summary judgment to all Defendants.