SARAH KEE, ET AL. V. CITY OF JACKSON, TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 31, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John Dean Burleson and Matthew Robert Courtner, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, City of Jackson, Tennessee.

Attorneys 2:

David Wayne Camp, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellees, Sarah Kee and Larry Kee.

Judge(s): DINKINS

Action under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act against the City of Jackson to recover for injuries sustained in a fall suffered by one plaintiff while she and her husband were walking across a bridge from a parking lot to the fairgrounds operated by the City. Following a bench trial, the court held that the bridge was in a defective and dangerous condition and that the City was not immune from suit; the court determined that the City was 60% negligent and the plaintiff 40% negligent. The court assessed damages at $62,817.35 for plaintiff wife and $8,400.00 for plaintiff husband; applying the comparative fault percentage, the court awarded plaintiff wife $37,690.41 and plaintiff husband $5,040.00. We modify the award of damages to plaintiffs; in all other respects we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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