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In Chiara v. Dernago, 2015 NY Slip Op 04444 (2nd Dept. May 27, 2015), the Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion under CPLR 4404(a) to set aside a jury verdict in plaintiff’s favor. Here are the facts of this personal injury / car accident case: The evidence at the trial on the […]

In Steele v. Santana (App Div. 1st Dept. 2/19/15), a personal injury injury car accident case, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the lower court’s determination that plaintiff did not suffer a “serious injury” within the meaning of section 5102(d) of the New York Insurance Law. In this case, plaintiff alleges that she suffered injuries to […]

In Sylvester v. Jimenez, an automobile accident case, Judge Bluth of the New York Supreme Court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment that plaintiff did not sustain a “serious injury” under Insurance Law 5102(d). This was a two-car accident; plaintiff Sylvester was driving, and plaintiff Turner was a passenger, in one car, and defendant Jimenez […]

In Contreras v. United Rentals (North Am.) Inc., a car accident case, the Supreme Court, Suffolk County, denied defendants’ motions for summary judgment dismissing plaintiffs’ complaint on the ground that they did not suffer a “serious injury” within the meaning of New York Insurance Law § 5102(d). Marcos Conteras was driving, and Nydia Contreras was […]

In Prince v. Lovelace, decided March 4, 2014, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed a trial court’s decision that plaintiff did not suffer a “serious injury” under New York’s “No-Fault” Law, Insurance Law § 5102(d): Defendant failed to establish prima facie that plaintiff did not suffer a serious injury to his right knee as a […]

In Herrera v. Dulisse, a car accident case, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment to defendant on plaintiff’s claim that she suffered a “serious injury”. Defendant “failed to establish his entitlement to judgment as a matter of law with respect to plaintiff’s claims under the ‘permanent consequential limitation of […]

In Kang v. Almanzar, the Appellate Division, First Department recently modified the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to defendant on the issue of whether plaintiff suffered a “serious injury” to her right shoulder under the “significant limitation in use” category set forth in Insurance Law § 5102(d). Initially, Defendants made a prima facie showing that […]

In Ferrara v. Middleton, the Appellate Division, First Department recently held that plaintiff raised an issue of fact as to whether he satisfied the “serious injury” threshold of New York’s “No Fault Law” sufficient to defeat defendants’ motion for summary judgment.  Defendants met their initial burden on summary judgment: Defendants established prima facie that plaintiff did […]

In Swift v. New York Transit Authority, the Appellate Division, First Department modified the trial court’s order to deny defendant’s motion for summary judgment to dismiss plaintiff’s claims of “permanent consequential and significant limitations in use of the knees and a 90/180-day injury.” In order to proceed in court, plaintiff was required to present evidence […]

In Johnson v. KS Transportation, a car accident case, the Appellate Division, First Department modified a summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint on the ground that plaintiff did not suffer a “serious injury” within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102(d). Section 5104(a) of New York’s No-Fault Law provides, in pertinent part, that “in any action by or […]