Premises Liability

In Tzamarot v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., 2018 NY Slip Op 09023 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 27, 2018), the court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s slip-and-fall complaint. The court (tersely) stated: Dismissal of the complaint was proper since plaintiff’s attempt to walk on top of a curbside mound of snow as a shortcut…

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One type of personal injury (negligence) claim is the so-called “negligent security” claim – which is itself a type of “premises liability” claim. In this type of case, the plaintiff asserts that the property owner or landlord failed to take necessary precautions to prevent harm arising from the alleged failure to provide adequate security. (One…

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In Wilkins v. West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 08247 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 4, 2018) – a premises liability personal injury case – the court reversed the lower court’s decision granting summary judgment to defendant. In sum, plaintiff was injured when, after attempting to close a window on property leased by…

Read More “Res Ipsa Loquitur” Doctrine Applicable in Falling-Window Personal Injury Case; Summary Judgement to Defendant Reversed
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In Hirsch v. Solares, 2018 NY Slip Op 07828 (App. Div. 1st Div. Nov. 15, 2018), a personal injury action arising from a bar fight, the court held that summary judgment was properly denied as to plaintiff’s negligence claim, but that plaintiff’s claim for strict liability under Alcoholic Beverage Control Law § 65(2) should have been dismissed. As…

Read More Bar Brawl Personal Injury Case Survives Summary Judgment, In Part
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In Easley v. U Haul, 2018 NY Slip Op 08008 (App. Div. Nov. 21, 2018), a personal injury trip-and-fall action, the court held that defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint should have been granted. In sum, plaintiff alleged that he was “injured when he tripped and fell on a half-inch to one-inch metal protrusion sticking…

Read More Defect Was “Trivial”; Personal Injury Action Dismissed
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In Sager v. Waldo Gardens, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 07359 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Nov. 1, 2018) – a personal injury slip-and-fall case – the court affirmed the lower court’s denial of summary judgment to the defendant. The outcome, like so many cases of this type, turned on the often difficult-to-prove issue of constructive notice. From…

Read More Slip/Fall Case Survives Summary Judgment; Court Cites Porter’s Failure to Mop the Area Despite Noticing it Was Wet
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In Ricaurte v. Inwood Beer Garden & Bistro Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 07242 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Oct. 30, 2018), the court held that the lower court should have granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s claim under New York’s Dram Shop Act, but that it should have denied it as to plaintiff’s…

Read More Negligence, But Not Dram Shop Act, Claim Survives Summary Judgment
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In Sanchez v. Morris Ave. Equities Corp., 2018 NY Slip Op 07071 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Oct. 23, 2018), a premises liability personal injury case, the court affirmed the denial of summary judgment to defendant. In this case, the plaintiff was assaulted in the gated alleyway leading to the boiler room and the superintendent’s apartment in…

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In Adriana G. v. Kipp Wash. Hgts. Middle Sch., 2018 NY Slip Op 06787 (App. Div. 1st  Dept. Oct. 11, 2018), the Appellate Division unanimously affirmed the lower court’s denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment. According to the decision, plaintiff “sustained injuries that resulted in her right ring finger being amputated after it became caught…

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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…

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