Is ‘Out-of-Possession’ Owner Liable for Injuries from Building Defects?

Q I signed a lease with the owner of an office building to rent “as is” several floors to operate my business. Recently, one of my employees broke her knee when she allegedly tripped on a loose floorboard in the space. The employee is threatening to sue me. She claims that I'm liable for her injury because I was negligent in not fixing the defect in the floor that caused the accident. I say that it's the owner's obligation, not mine, to fix defects on the premises.

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