Texas Supreme Court Finds Slip and Fall Not a Health Care Liability Claim

On October 31, 2015 the Court released a new opinion Reddic v. East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Care System, which found that at least some premises liability claims occurring in a hospital are not HCLCs. This expanded an opinion from earlier this year, Ross v. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, which similarly found that a slip and fall occurring in a hospital is not always a HCLC. In Reddic the Plaintiff was a visitor who fell in the hospital lobby. Despite the fact that patients do go through the area, the Court found that there was no evidence showing a link between the injury and the provision of health care other than the fact the building happened to be a hospital.