Texas High Court Says Hospital Must Face Slip-and-Fall Suit

Law360, Dallas (October 30, 2015, 8:10 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday revived a slip-and-fall suit against an East Texas hospital, holding the premises liability suit was improperly characterized as a health care liability claim subject to strict tort reform rules.

In a per curiam opinion, the court reversed a ruling from the Twelfth Court of Appeals that barred a suit filed by hospital visitor Louisa Reddic against the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett Hospital because Reddic didn't file an expert report. Expert reports are required in Texas for cases designated as health care liability claims, as part of a series of tort reforms intended to crack down...

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