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Normally, because a business parking lot is assumed to belong to business parties who "invite" customers to their business they have a duty to assure their walkways, parking lots, and businesses are safe for them to enter the premises. Land owners or businesses are normally required to notify those who may enter their premises of anything that may cause them harm. However, in OH the principle of "open and obvious" dangers, such as snow, ice, and other clear dangers which a customer or other person may see or identify the fact that there is a potential danger to them (if that is the case) will prevent them from claiming liability for injuries sustained due to such open and obvious harms. However, if a location appears to be free of "open and obvious" dangers or a property owner has made it look as if they have taken care of all such dangers but, in fact, they have not, and a property owner fails to warn that those dangers may exist, they may become liable for any injuries which occur.
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