Basketball Injury Case Properly Dismissed

In Alvarado v. City of New York, 2019 NY Slip Op 00962 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 7, 2019), a personal injury case, the court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint.

From the decision:

Defendant made a prima facie showing of its entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, by submitting evidence that plaintiff frequently played basketball on the subject outdoor basketball court, which has an open and obvious crack which runs the length of the court and has a marked tar surface … . The court correctly rejected plaintiff’s contention that grass growing out of the crack concealed its depth, finding instead that the grass served to highlight the defect, which was also one of the risks assumed by plaintiff when he chose to play basketball at this location[.]

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