Missouri Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment for Fire District in Negligent Hiring and Retention Case
On September 17, 2013, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri upheld summary judgment in favor of Richard Morefield's client, South Metro Fire Protection District. The plaintiff in that case alleged that South Metro Fire Protection District was negligent in hiring and retaining a particular firefighter who had worked at the Fire District. The plaintiff further claimed that she suffered personal injuries because the Fire District hired and retained this particular firefighter. Mr. Morefield established that the plaintiff's injuries were not caused by any negligence of the Fire District and that the Fire District did not have any reason to believe its firefighter presented a risk to plaintiff.