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Coleman v. Ramada Hotel Operating Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
933 F.2d 470 (1991)


Peggy Coleman (plaintiff) fell and broke her ankle while participating in an obstacle course on grounds owned by Ramada Hotel Operating Co. (defendant). The first obstacle involved climbing a playground slide backward—up the chute, then down the stairs. The slide was in good repair, with solid handrails, presenting no latent danger. Coleman climbed the chute successfully but slipped and fell from the stairs despite holding the handrails and descending carefully, one tread at a time. Coleman sued Ramada for (1) failure to warn and (2) negligent operation of the obstacle course. The trial court found that Coleman voluntarily assumed obvious risks inherent in the activity and granted summary judgment for Ramada. Coleman appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Cudahy, J.)

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