Personal Injury

In Evarts v Pyro Engineering, No. 517394, 985 N.Y.S.2d 179, 181–82, 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 02996, 2014 WL 1698366 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., May 01, 2014), the court modified a lower court’s order and reversed the grant of summary judgment in defendants’ favor on plaintiff’s negligence cause of action arising from a fireworks-related injury. Here, the…

Read More Fireworks Injury Negligence Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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One prominent memory from my One-L torts class is the professor telling us “the railroad always wins.” This was his tongue-in-cheek summary of ancient cases we were studying which involved tort/negligence lawsuits by injured persons against railroads. The explanation for what seemed like overwhelmingly railroad-friendly results in these cases was that the perception of a…

Read More MTA Metro North Conductor’s FELA Claim, Arising From Alleged Passenger Assault, Survives Summary Judgment
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In Doyle v. Temco Serv. Indus., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 03919 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 21, 2019), the court held that defendant was entitled to discovery of plaintiff’s social media accounts – albeit not to the extent that defendant demanded. From the decision: Private social media information can be discoverable to the extent…

Read More Social Media, Passport Discovery Ordered in Personal Injury Case
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In Serrano v. DTG Enter. Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 03469 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 2, 2019) – a rear-end collision car accident case – the First Department reversed the denial of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. From the decision: It is undisputed that Serrano made a prima facie showing that he was entitled…

Read More Plaintiff Gets Summary Judgment in Rear-End Collision Case; Lack of Turn Signal Was Irrelevant
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In Forman v. Whitney Ctr. for Permanent Cosmetics Corp., 155762/2015, 2019 NY Slip Op 03451 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 2, 2019), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s lawsuit in which plaintiff alleged (inter alia) that defendant acted negligently in performing cosmetic tattooing on the plaintiff. From the decision: Defendants’ motion for summary judgment…

Read More Citing Express Approval, Court Affirms Dismissal of yebrow Tattoo Negligence Case Dismissed
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In Oliver v. Central Park Sightseeing, LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 02788 (App. Div. 1st Dept. April 11, 2019), the First Department unanimously affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s personal injury complaint. In this case ,plaintiff alleged that she was injured when she fell from a bicycle that she rented from the…

Read More Bicycle-Fall Lawsuit Continues; Malfunctioning Brakes Blamed
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In Shatsky v. Highpoint Assoc. V, LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 01825 (App. Div. 1st Dept. March 14, 2019) – a slip/trip-and-fall premises liability personal injury case – the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s order denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment. From the decision: Triable issues of fact regarding whether defendant Bagels and More…

Read More Water Diversion Pipe Cited in Summary Judgment Denial in Slip/Trip and Fall Case
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