CHARLES JUSTIN WRIGHT, BY NEXT FRIEND AND MOTHER, KAREN PRYOR v. CITY OF LEBANON, TENNESSEE (Tenn. Ct. App. March 2, 2011)
In a Governmental Tort Liability Act ("GTLA") action, the City of Lebanon appeals the trial court's decision to hold it liable for an accident that occurred on a swing in a city park. The City asserts that the court erred in failing to find that the swing was in a dangerous or defective condition or that the City had notice of such a condition. Additionally, the City insists that any defective condition was latent and governmental immunity was therefore not removed under the GTLA. The City also challenges the trial court's denial of its motion for involuntary dismissal, its characterization of the case as "hybrid" in nature, its reliance on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur in establishing negligence, and its admission of the plaintiff's expert testimony. We conclude that the swing was in a dangerous or defective condition, which was not latent, and that the City had constructive notice of that condition. We find against the City on its remaining issues.
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