Personal Injury

In Hewitt v. Palmer Veterinary Clinic, PC, No. 28, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 05975, 2020 WL 6163313 (N.Y., Oct. 22, 2020), the New York Court of Appeals held that the so-called “vicious propensity notice” rule – generally applicable to situations where an injury results from a domestic animal – was inapplicable here, where the alleged attack…

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In Yassin v. Blackman, No. 2019-04138, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 05090, 2020 WL 5648349 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., Sep. 23, 2020) – a personal injury motor vehicle accident case – the Appellate Division, Second Department clarified its “case law regarding the admissibility of a party’s statement recorded in an uncertified police report” and held “that, absent…

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In a recent case, Stephanie L. v. House of the Good Shepherd, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 04643, 2020 WL 4876487 (N.Y.A.D. 4 Dept., Aug. 20, 2020), the court discusses and applies the foundational principle of “duty” in a negligence case. The facts here are relatively straightforward; in sum, plaintiffs adopted a child through defendant (a…

Read More Court: Foster Agency Owed Duty to Disclose Foster Child’s History to Adoptive Parents
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In Generoso v Miller’s Ale House, No. 100655/16, 2019-03816, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 03897, 2020 WL 3980724 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., July 15, 2020), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment. The court summarized the well-known applicable legal standard: A defendant who moves for summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case has the initial burden of…

Read More Slip/Fall Personal Injury Case Survives Summary Judgment; Warning Sign Related Only to Duty to Warn
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In Kuti v. Sera Sec. Servs., 2020 NY Slip Op 02153 (App. Div. 1st Dept. April 2, 2020), the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the denial of defendant security company’s motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff here is a nurse who was injured when she was attacked by a patient at the healthcare facility where she…

Read More Attacked Nurse’s Negligence Suit Against Security Company Continues
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In a recent decision, Greenman v. 2451 Broadway Market, et al, No. 11287, 11287A, 154861/14, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 01962, 2020 WL 1290735 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Mar. 19, 2020) – a personal injury trip-and-fall case – the court unanimously reversed and vacated a jury verdict in plaintiff’s favor (allocating 75% of the fault to plaintiff…

Read More Evidentiary Errors Result in New Trial on Damages in Trip-and-Fall Personal Injury Case
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In Monzac v. 1141 Elder Towers LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op 01243 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 20, 2020) – a personal injury slip-and-fall case – the court reversed the lower court’s directed verdict for defendant. From the decision: Plaintiff’s trial evidence established prima facie that defendant had constructive notice of the water on the…

Read More Evidence of Water on Lobby Floor Meets Summary Judgment Burden in Personal Injury Slip/Fall Case
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In Quiros v. Hawkins, 2020 NY Slip Op 01020 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 13, 2020) – a personal injury / car accident / hit-in-the-rear case – the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously reversed the lower court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment on the issue of liability. From the decision: It is…

Read More Brake Failure Claim Insufficient to Avoid Judgment for Plaintiff in Rear-End Collision Car Accident Case
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It’s New Year’s Eve – a time for reflection, and, of course, revelry. New Year’s Eve parties are a great opportunity to connect with friends, and to bring in the new year with a bang. Sometimes they’re completely enjoyable – and sometimes a shelf collapses on your head. In C.I.R. v. Mangaroni, LLC, No. 156031/2015,…

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