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Machat v. Mazzarino

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT


February 10, 2009

IRIS MACHAT, RESPONDENT,
v.
ANGELO MAZZARINO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS,
SHAKHOL PINKHASOV, ET AL., APPELLANTS.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendants Shakhol Pinkhasov and AM USA, Inc., appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Vaughan, J.), dated June 11, 2008, which denied their motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against him on the ground that the plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102(d).

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

STEVEN W. FISHER, J.P., JOSEPH COVELLO, RUTH C. BALKIN and ARIEL E. BELEN, JJ.

(Index No. 28341/05)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The appellants made a prima facie showing that the plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury to her right knee within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102(d) as a result of the subject accident (see Toure v Avis Rent A Car Sys., 98 NY2d 345; Gaddy v Eyler, 79 NY2d 955). However, the submissions of the plaintiff in opposition, which included an affirmation of her treating orthopedist, who performed surgery on her right knee three months after the accident, and an affirmation of her radiologist, who reported that an MRI taken approximately three weeks after the accident revealed tears in that knee's menisci and cruciate ligaments, were sufficient to raise a triable issue of fact (see Nigro v Kovac, 45 AD3d 547-548). Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly denied the appellants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them.

FISHER, J.P., COVELLO, BALKIN and BELEN, JJ., concur.

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