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Hidden or Obvious Defects (Latent Defect or Patent Defect)

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 08, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

While many slip and fall accidents result from negligent conduct on the part of a property maintainer in allowing objects or substances to create hazards on a walking surface, some hazardous conditions that cause falling accidents result from a defective condition of part of the property itself. When this occurs, who is responsible for the presence of the defect and thus liable for the injuries that it caused – the parties who own or maintain the property, or the parties who designed and built the defective items in the first place? The answer to that question is partly determined by whether the hazard that caused the injury was a patent or a latent defect.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Dangerous Condition, Slip and Fall, latent defect, patent defect

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