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Bondy v. Allen
Citation:635 N.W.2d 244 (Minn. App. 2001)
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While walking on a designated crosswalk, Kathryn Bondy (plaintiff) was struck by a car owned by Jeffrey Allen and driven by Carey Allen. An ambulance owned by Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Inc. (defendant) responded to the scene, a paramedic assessed the plaintiff’s injuries and secured her to a gurney. During the ambulance ride to the hospital, the paramedic removed one or two of the safety straps from around the plaintiff’s leg and torso and the movement of the ambulance caused the plaintiff’s leg to fall off of the gurney. The plaintiff and her husband sued the defendant for negligently allowing her leg to fall. The defendant moved for summary judgment, arguing that there was insufficient evidence that the gurney incident caused damage.
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