P Defeats SJ (Personal Injury)

In Suarez v. Emerald 115 Mosholu LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op 06059 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Sept. 13, 2018) – a trip-and-fall personal injury case – the court held that the alleged defect was not “trivial” as a matter of law and, therefore, that plaintiff’s case should not have been dismissed on summary judgment. The facts,…

Read More Defect Was Not “Trivial” as a Matter of Law; Trip/Fall Case Continues

In Green v. Price Chopper, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 05578 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Aug. 1, 2018), a personal injury trip-and-fall case, the court held that the defendant supermarket was not entitled to summary judgment on liability. Plaintiff testified that she tripped and fell over a raised portion of a rubber mat near the supermarket…

Read More Raised Mat Not “Trivial” Defect as a Matter of Law; Summary Judgment for Defendants Reversed

The fact pattern of in the recent case of Deng v. Young, 2018 NY Slip Op 05414 (App. Div. 4th Dept. July 25, 2018) is any parent’s nightmare: Plaintiff’s son (hereafter, child) was a student at Webster Elementary School, improperly sued as Webster Elementary School District, which is located in the Syracuse City School District (collectively,…

Read More Personal Injury Case Against School Survives Summary Judgment

In DiPasquale v. Boys & Girls Harbor Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 04947 (App. Div. 1st Dept. July 3, 2018), a personal injury/premises liability case, the court unanimously affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment. This case underscores the responsibilities that premises owners have to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. From…

Read More Electrocution Injury Case Against Employer’s Landlord Survives Summary Judgment

From Linhart v. Rojas, 2017 NY Slip Op 06980 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Oct. 5, 2017): Plaintiff’s notice of claim and complaint, as amplified by her bill of particulars, asserted claims against defendant NYCTA for failing to provide proper security, failing to prevent the assault by defendant Jose Rojas, who pushed plaintiff into an oncoming train, and…

Read More Subway-Push Lawsuit Against NYC Transit Authority Survives Summary Judgment

In Correa v. Matsias, 2017 WL 4159254 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. Sept. 20, 2017), a ceiling-collapse personal injury case, the court held that plaintiff could not employ the doctrine of “res ipsa loquitur” at trial. That doctrine, explained the court, is a rule of evidence that permits an inference of negligence to be drawn solely from…

Read More “Res Ipsa Loquitur” Doctrine Held Inapplicable in Ceiling-Collapse Personal Injury Case, But Complaints to Superintendent Demonstrated Notice Sufficient to Overcome Summary Judgment

One frequently-occurring personal injury case is the so-called “slip-and-fall” case, which in turn is a species of “premises liability” claims. One court[1]Decker v. Middletown Walmart Supercenter Store, No. 15 CIV. 2886 (JCM), 2017 WL 568761 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 10, 2017) recently summarized the law as follows: In New York, [t]o establish a prima facie case of…

Read More Surviving Summary Judgment in a Slip-and-Fall Premises Liability Case