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Gregg A. Malburg v. Joseph G. Keller

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


December 30, 2010

GREGG A. MALBURG,
PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
JOSEPH G. KELLER, AS TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF PAUL MURPHY, DECEASED,
DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Rose H. Sconiers, J.), entered December 7, 2009 in a personal injury action. The order granted the motion of defendant for summary judgment and dismissed the amended complaint.

Malburg v Keller

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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.

Decided on December 30, 2010

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., MARTOCHE, GREEN, PINE, AND GORSKI, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by denying the motion in part and reinstating the amended complaint, as amplified by the bill of particulars, with respect to the significant limitation of use of a body function or system category of serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102 (d) as it relates to plaintiff's cervical spine injury and as modified the order is affirmed without costs.

Memorandum: Plaintiff commenced this action seeking damages for injuries he allegedly sustained in a motor vehicle accident when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a vehicle driven by defendant's decedent. Defendant thereafter moved for summary judgment dismissing the amended complaint on the ground that plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury in the accident within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102 (d), and Supreme Court granted the motion. We agree with plaintiff that the court erred in granting that part of the motion with respect to the significant limitation of use category of serious injury, and we therefore modify the order accordingly. Although defendant met his initial burden, plaintiff raised a triable issue of fact by submitting the affirmed report of the physician who conducted an independent medical examination (IME) of plaintiff at the request of his workers' compensation carrier. According to the IME physician, plaintiff suffered from a temporary moderate partial disability, including a 50% loss of range of motion of his cervical spine in certain directions, and the disability was causally related to the motor vehicle accident (see Casiano v Zedan, 66 AD3d 730, 730-731).

Entered: December 30, 2010

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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