Koenig v. Koenig
Iowa Supreme Court
766 N.W. 2d 635 (2009)
Valerie Koenig (plaintiff) went to the home of her son, Marc Koenig (defendant), to care for him while he was ill. Valerie tripped over a carpet cleaner hose while carrying a load of laundry to a bedroom and was injured. Valerie required surgery, including the placement of a plate in her leg, as a result of the injury. Valerie sued Marc, alleging negligence. Valerie claimed that the color of the hose was similar to the color of the carpet and that Marc knew the hose was broken but did not tell Valerie. Valerie requested a general negligence instruction to the jury, but the trial court rejected the request. The trial court provided the general premises-liability instruction on the duty of care owed to a licensee. The jury found for Marc, and Valerie appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Appel, J.)
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