In Reynolds v. Rich, No. E2015-12245-COA-R3-CV, filed July 22, 2016, the Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a summary judgment in favor of the defendant in a case brought by a volunteer roofer after the volunteer roofer slipped and fell while working on a metal roof. The defendant had arranged to help his daughter build a home. He had deeded the property to his daughter and did not retain any ownership interest in the property. He offered to assist his daughter in the constr
A couple of recent cases from Tennessee's Court of Appeals illustrate the role of foreseeability--whether an accident or injury was "reasonably foreseeable"--in tort cases and how the absence of reasonable foreseeability can be fatal to the case. In Singletary v. Gatlinburlier, Inc., 2016 WL 164475 (Tenn.Ct.App. 4/25/16), a visitor fainted in a retail store in Gatlinburg and fell into an antique glass display case. The case shattered, piercing her chest and causing her death.