Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Follow up: Unlike the recent decision of our Supreme Court, the Kansas Supreme Court keeps sensible limitations on slip and fall claims against public entities under the Kansas recreational land liability statute, throws out New Year’s Eve partygoer’s slip and fall case. Day on Torts: In Lane v. Atchison Heritage Conference Center, Inc., No. 94634 (March 16, 2007), The Court “barred” the plaintiff’s New Year’s Eve slip-and-fall claim against a publicly owned convention center that had hosted dances, card tournaments, sewing demonstrations, and even local Bar meetings! Plaintiff contended the recreational use limitation applied only if the facility where the injury occurred was primarily a recreational one. The Court disagreed, "immunity from liability under the recreational use exception to the [Kansas Tort Claims Act] does not depend upon the "primary use" of the property but rather depends on the character of the property in question.. The recreational use exception to the KTCA, K.S.A. 2006 Supp. 75-6104(o), applies when property is "intended or permitted" to be used for recreational purposes.” The correct test to be applied under K.S.A. 2006 Supp. 75-6104(o) is whether the property has been used for recreational purposes in the past or whether recreation has been encouraged."