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Mail carrier's injury claim dismissed because hazard was "open and obvious."

A mail carrier who slipped and fell on ice at the resident's doorway sued for her injuries.  The Court pointed out that she could have chosen an alternative route--up the driveway where she walked when there was no snow--or through the deep snow in the yard. She also could have "notified her supervisor" of her inability to deliver the mail to this address.  On the basis of these facts, the Court held that the homeowner, Thomas Raleigh, and his insurer, owed no compensation for the carrier's injuries. 

Even though the uncleared entryway may have been dangerous, the owner owed no duty to remedy it because the carrier could have observed the condition on casual inspection and avoided the slippery areas.

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