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Fallon v. Indian Trail School, Addison Township School District No. 4

148 Ill. App. 3d 931, 500 N.E.2d 101, 102 Ill. Dec. 479 (1986)

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Fallon v. Indian Trail School, Addison Township School District No. 4

Illinois Appellate Court

148 Ill. App. 3d 931, 500 N.E.2d 101, 102 Ill. Dec. 479 (1986)

Facts

Mary Jane Fallon (plaintiff) was a sixth-grade student at the Indian Trail School who suffered spinal injuries from attempting a front-drop maneuver on a trampoline during her physical education class. Fallon filed suit in Illinois circuit court against the Indian Trail School, the school district, and her two physical education teachers (defendants). In the first two counts of her complaint, Fallon claimed that the trampoline was an abnormally dangerous instrumentality and that the school should be held strictly liable for her injuries due to the trampoline’s use in class. The circuit court dismissed these counts, and Fallon appealed to the Illinois Appellate Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Strouse, J.)

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