Premises Liability – Dangerous Condition – Rental Home – Ceiling Fan – Final Summary Judgment

The Peterson Bernard team obtained a final summary judgment on behalf of a landlord in a premises liability incident that occurred on September 22, 2000.  Plaintiff alleged that while he was renting the home owned by the defendant, a fan fell from the ceiling without warning, striking plaintiff in his neck and back.  The ceiling fan was installed by a former tenant without the landlord’s knowledge or consent.  Plaintiff occupied the premises for nearly seven months prior to the incident and operated the ceiling fan on a daily basis and never noticed any problems with the fan.  The defendant/landlord moved for final summary judgment since Plaintiff failed to provide any evidence that he had actual or constructive knowledge of the alleged dangerous condition.