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It’s a scenario that plays out in countless grocery stores, convenience stores, even restaurants and fast food chains, around the country: A person slips on the floor, and a lawsuit springs up seemingly before the plaintiff even hits the ground. The classic slip-and-fall case is the claim that the store was negligent in allowing a dangerous condition to exist that caused the mishap.

Until recently, a plaintiff could prevail in a slip-and-fall case only if a store’s employee caused the dangerous condition, and the store knew of the dangerous condition or should have known of the dangerous condition because it existed for a long time. The onus was on the plaintiff to prove that the store was at fault, which is no easy feat.

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