Washington Supreme Court
338 P.2d 743 (Wash. 1959)
The City of Aberdeen (City) (defendant) dug a ditch in a parking strip next to one of its sidewalks for the purpose of installing underground electric wires. The City erected barriers around the ditch to warn of injury. However, one of the City’s workers removed some of the barriers for the purpose of facilitating electric work. The worker negligently failed to replace the barriers once he was finished. During the interval when the barriers were removed, Fletcher (plaintiff), a blind man, fell into the ditch and was injured. He was using a cane, and would have detected the barriers if they had not been removed. Fletcher brought suit against the City for negligence. The trial court awarded damages for Fletcher, and the City appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Foster, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 204,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.