Summary Judgment Somerset County, PA, for Church

Our Pittsburgh colleague, Stephen Plonski, successfully argued a Summary Judgment motion involving a trip and fall in a social hall of our church client’s facility. The plaintiff, a member of the congregation, alleged a serving cart had been placed over a rug causing it to roll-up and create a hazard resulting in her fall and causing significant bodily injury. The court agreed with Stephen’s position that the plaintiff could not put forth evidence at trial establishing who placed the cart on the rug, when the cart was placed on the rug, and for how long the carpet was rolled up prior to plaintiff’s fall, and, therefore, would not be able to show the church staff was on notice of the allegedly hazardous condition.