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The forecast is bad if your company fails to caution the public about a possible danger.

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This story appears in the May 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Last October, jurors in Compton, California, awarded more than $2.6 million to a registered nurse at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. The nurse said that because a construction company had let debris spill into a hallway, she'd slipped on a screw while carrying a patient's tray. She claimed the fall caused knee, hip and back injuries.

On New York's Long Island, a bus driver crossing a parking lot at the Montauk Soundview Resort tripped over a protruding manhole cover and fell, damaging the man's prosthetic knee and leading to a series of medical procedures. After a jury last fall found the resort liable, the case settled for $500,000.

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