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Guy v. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth District

December 3, 2019

Harry Guy, Jr., Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Defendant-Appellee.

          APPEAL from the Court of Claims of Ohio (Ct. of Cl. No. 2018-01390AD)

         On brief:

          Harry Guy, Jr., pro se.

          DECISION

          BROWN, J.

         {¶ 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"), defendant-appellee.

         {¶ 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 negligence.

         {¶ 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 the steps.

         {¶ 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 ...

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