Sherwood v. Medical & Surgical Group, Inc.

Citation334 S.W.2d 520
Decision Date14 April 1960
Docket NumberNo. 3730,3730
PartiesMrs. Robbie D. SHERWOOD, a Widow, Appellant, v. MEDICAL & SURGICAL GROUP, INC., a Corporation, Appellee.
CourtTexas Court of Appeals

Henry W. Flagg, Galveston, for appellant.

McLeod, Mills, Shirley & Alexander, Galveston, Fulbright, Crooker, Freeman, Bates & Jaworski, W. N. Arnold, Jr., Houston, for appellee.

WILSON, Justice.

The trial court withdrew this 'slip and fall' case from the jury at the close of plaintiff's evidence, and rendered judgment for defendant. Plaintiff says this was error because the evidence raised a jury issue. The real question is whether the evidence, under familiar rules, raised any of the pleaded alternative issues that defendant put the foreign substance on which plaintiff slipped on the floor; or knew that it was on the floor, negligently failing to remove it; or that it had been on the floor long enough that it should have been discovered and removed in the exercise of ordinary care.

Appellant's narration of the evidence in her brief is summarized as follows: she slipped and fell in offices which were cleaned daily. It was not known what was used in cleaning the floors. She entered defendant's premises wearing low wedge-heeled shoes, and prior to her fall did not observe any foreign substance on the floor. She was 'not especially looking down at the floor.' As she walked through the reception hall about two feet from the receptionist's desk, she 'stepped in something real slippery' and fell. After receiving attention from doctors she came back to the place where she had fallen and noticed 'smudge spots and smear spots, this way and that way. You could see where my foot had slid through this stuff on the floor * * * it was loose. What I would call it--it was either a floor dressing of some kind--it wasn't buffed down or polished good.' After she got home she noticed there was a dry substance around a hole in her hose at the knee. 'When I did it this way and looked at it, it was sparkly.' The same substance was smeared on her hand, arm, knee and cheek. A witness who removed this substance two days later identified it as being floor wax or floor polish. Another witness testified that a 'sticky substance' was noticed on plaintiff after she returned to her home, which looked like floor wax. This was 'just a guess' on her part. We have examined the record and find no additional favorable evidence or material circumstances.


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