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From Fuentes v. Theodore, 2018 WL 3748315, at *1 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., 2018): The defendant established her prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by submitting evidence that no dangerous or defective condition existed with respect to the stepladder (see Bernal v. 521 Park Ave. Condo, 128 A.D.3d 750, 9 N.Y.S.3d 358; Balashanskaya […]

To succeed in a slip-and-fall case, the injured plaintiff must establish that the defendant property owner was negligent. This is typically done by showing that they had actual or constructive notice of, yet failed to correct, the dangerous condition. In a recent decision, Canteen v. New York City Housing Authority, 2018 NY Slip OP 05733 […]

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 […]

In Valente v Dave & Buster’s of N.Y., Inc. 2018 NY Slip Op 01089 (App. Div. 2d Dept. Feb. 14, 2018), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s personal injury lawsuit, arising from an assault at a Dave & Buster’s restaurant. From the decision: On October 8, 2010, the plaintiff was stabbed while at a […]

In Pronk v. Standard Hotel, 2018 NY Slip Op 00903 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 8, 2018), the court affirmed the denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment. In this personal injury / premises liability case, plaintiff sued after he cut his left foot on a glass candleholder while entering a spa pool in Le […]

In Bissett v 30 Merrick Plaza, LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op 08805 (App. Div. 2d Dept. Dec. 20, 2017), the court affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment. In this case, plaintiff alleged that she “was injured when she slipped and fell on a pile of wet leaves on one of the steps of […]

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 […]

One common type of personal injury case involves someone being injured as a result of tripping and falling on someone’s property, resulting in injury. In these so-called “trip-and-fall” cases, courts have developed and applied the “trivial defect” doctrine. The Law In determining whether a defect is “trivial” as a matter of law, the court must […]

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 […]

In Lee v. Acevedo, 2017 NY Slip Op 05586 (App. Div. 2d Dept. July 12, 2017) – a personal injury premises liability case – the Appellate Division reversed the lower court’s award of summary judgment to defendant. Here are the facts, as summarized by the court: [Plaintiff alleged that she was injured] after she fell backwards […]