Charles Grogan v. Daniel Uggla, Et Al.

Charles Grogan v. Daniel Uggla, Et Al.
M2014-01961-SC-R11-CV

In this case, the plaintiff Charles Grogan was injured when he fell from a second story deck that had not been properly constructed but had recently been inspected by the defendant Jerry Black, a home inspector hired by homeowner Daniel Uggla. Defendant Black was a franchisee of defendant Pillar to Post, Inc. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, and the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court. We granted this appeal to consider as a matter of first impression in this state whether a home inspector is subject to liability for the physical harm suffered by a social guest of the home inspector’s client. We conclude that the defendants successfully negated essential elements of the claims of negligent misrepresentation and negligent inspection such that summary judgment was appropriate in this case. Accordingly, the Court of Appeals and the trial court judgments are affirmed.

Authoring Judge: 
Justice Roger A. Page
Originating Judge: 
Judge James G. Martin, III
Date Filed: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017