A restaurant patron, while descending the steps from a second-story restaurant, was engaged in conversation
with a companion, and failed to survey the steps. An obstacle on the second step caused her to slip and fall,
resulting in injuries. The state in which the restaurant was located adopted the rule of comparative negligence.
a. What impact will her negligence have on her lawsuit against the restaurant? Explain
b. Suppose the restaurant was in a state where the rule was contributory negligence. What impact would that
have on the outcome of the case?
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