Posted on: March 2nd, 2018

Mark Thomas recently obtained a defense verdict in the case of Farley v. Edmonds. Mr. Farley was employed by Ms. Edmonds to trim tree branches overhanging her home. He was severely injured in that process where he fell off the roof and brought suit against the defendant for failure to warn of purportedly defective shingles on the roof. Ms. Edmonds denied that the shingles were in any way defective and alleged that the fall was the fault of Mr. Farley who admitted that he was right on the edge of the roof trimming branches with a hand saw when he fell. The instructions in premises liability cases inform the jury that a plaintiff can recover only if he or she proves that the landowner knew, or should have known, of a dangerous condition on the premises that could cause injury to the plaintiff. The jury in this case determined that Mr. Farley had no such proof and found in favor of the defendant.

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