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Premises liability lawsuit against Sharon Stone goes to trial

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Getting injured in a slip-and-fall accident can lead to a number of injuries. Serious injuries can result in high medical bills and financial challenges resulting from an inability to work. Victims of slip-and-fall incidents can seek compensation by filing premises liability claims.

One man filed a lawsuit nearly three years ago against celebrity Sharon Stone on the grounds that he slipped and fell on her property. The trial began yesterday; it is unclear how long it will take to reach a verdict. However, if the court finds in favor of the man, Stone could be ordered to pay him a settlement.

The incident occurred when the man was installing speakers on Stone's property in 2006. According to the man, there was a drop-off that was not apparent to him while he was working; he fell down and landed on a fence that separated Stone's property from her neighbors. The fence then collapsed and he fell into the neighbor's yard. He was injured but the extent of the injuries was not specified in the article.

The lawsuit alleges that Stone was negligent, most likely for not warning the man about the danger and for concealing the drop-off. If Stone is found negligent and that her negligence led to the man's injury, she could be held liable for his injuries.

Premises liability claims can arise if injuries occur on both private and public properties. The more commonly known incidents are known as slip-and-falls, where someone slips on a wet floor or an icy sidewalk that the property owner should have known about or should have warned patrons about.

Source: NBC Bay Area online, "Sharon Stone Seeks Protection in Negligence Case," 23 June 2011

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