from the Court of Claims of Ohio (Ct. of Cl. No.
Guy, Jr., pro se.
1} Harry Guy, Jr., plaintiff-appellant, appeals from
the judgment of the Court of Claims of Ohio, in which the
court granted judgment to the Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction ("ODRC"),
2} On the morning of March 29, 2018, appellant, an
inmate at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, was walking
outside from his dormitory to his job at Ohio Penal
Industries when he fell down some steps. Appellant claims he
slipped on snow and ice. As a result of the fall, appellant
tore his anterior cruciate ligament and underwent surgery on
his right ankle.
3} On October 22, 2018, appellant filed a claim in
the Court of Claims pursuant to R.C. 2743.10. In the claim,
appellant alleged ODRC was negligent by failing to place salt
on the steps and clear them of ice and snow. ODRC denied
4} On April 29, 2019, the deputy clerk for the Court
of Claims filed a memorandum decision and entry of
administrative determination in which the deputy clerk
entered judgment in favor of ODRC. The deputy clerk found
appellant failed to present any evidence, other than his own
statement, to prove he sustained his injury due to snow
covered steps. The deputy clerk found appellant's claim
that his fall was due to snow on the steps was not credible
because none of the medical reports mentioned snow or ice on
5} On May 31, 2019, appellant filed a motion for
court review. On June 18, 2019, the Court of Claims issued an
entry affirming the administrative determination that denied
appellant's claim. Appellant appeals the judgment of the
Court of Claims, asserting the following assignment of error:
The Court of Claim[s] Abused its Discretion when it Denied
the Plaintiff['s] claims.
6} Appellant argues in his assignment of error the
Court of Claims abused its discretion when it denied his
negligence claim. However, we must dismiss appellant's
action. R.C. 2743.10 requires the Court of Claims to
determine certain civil actions administratively. Lewis
v. State, 10th Dist. No. 77AP-827 (Apr. 11, 1978). R.C.
2743.10 provides, in relevant part, as follows:
(A) Civil actions against the state for ten thousand dollars
or less shall be determined administratively by the clerk of
the court of claims * * *.
(D) Upon the motion of a party, the court of claims shall
review the determination of the clerk upon the clerk's
report and papers filed in the action and shall enter
judgment consistent with its findings. The judgment shall
not be the subject of further appeal. No civil action
arising out of the same ...