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No recovery for fall down defective stairway: "open and obvious hazard"

The Plaintiff in this case filed suit after falling down the defendant's stairway.  The plaintiff was a business visitor, or "invitee" when he fell.  He documented that the stairs did not comply with the building code, with an unusually narrow second step and a difficult-to-grab wide handrail.  He claimed that as he was grasping the handrail he did not notice the narrow step and fell.  Architects confirm that irregular stairs are a very common cause of falls, however, the Court concluded that the defects established by the plaintiff were not sufficient to create a duty on the part of the landowner to eliminate the danger.  The case is Bermudes v. Reynoso.

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