Washington, D.C. asked in Personal Injury for Washington

Q: I got injured as a result of walking down a store's old cement steps (the concrete crumbled under my feet). The store

owner says it was open and obvious so they're not liable. Is this true?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar

A: I don’t practice in Washington, D.C., but no one picked up your question for two weeks. It could be worth your time to consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction who handles slip and fall cases. In the very least, you could ask about deadlines and statutes of limitations you must act before to preserve your legal rights. Open and obvious can be self-evident in situations where there is a gaping hole on the ground with traffic cones and barricade tape surrounding it. If the concrete that crumbled under your feet looked sound in terms of outward appearances, the attorney you consult with could possibly feel the issue of “open and obvious” might not be so readily apparent.

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