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Heins v. Webster County

Supreme Court of Nebraska
552 N.W.2d 51 (1996)


Heins (plaintiff) went to a hospital run by Webster County (defendant) after a heavy snowfall. The county claimed Heins was on the premises to visit his daughter, who was a hospital employee, while Heins claimed he was also there to arrange to play Santa Claus for the hospital staff for Christmas. As he was exiting the main entrance to the hospital, Heins slipped and fell on an alleged accumulation of ice and snow, and was injured. The district court entered judgment for Webster County, finding that Heins was a licensee, and that the county was therefore not negligent in failing to warn Heins of a known dangerous condition. Heins appeals, arguing that the district court should have held Webster County to a duty of reasonable care, because he was a public invitee or a social guest, or because hospital staff knew he was on the premises.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Connolly, J.)

Dissent (Fahrnbruch, J.)

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