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Adama Njie v. Larry S. Thompson

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


October 2, 2012

ADAMA NJIE,
PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
LARRY S. THOMPSON,
DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

Njie v Thompson

Decided on October 2, 2012

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.

Friedman, J.P., Acosta, Renwick, Richter, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (George J. Silver, J.), entered August 26, 2011, which granted defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's complaint, based on the failure to establish a serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102[d], unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, and the motion denied.

Defendant made a prima facie showing of entitlement to summary judgment as to plaintiff's claims of "significant limitation of use" of his right shoulder (Insurance Law § 5102[d]; see Spencer v Golden Eagle, Inc., 82 AD3d 589, 590 [1st Dept 2011]). Defendant submitted an expert medical report finding normal ranges of motion, as well as the report of a radiologist who opined that the MRI of plaintiff's shoulder revealed no abnormalities.

In opposition, plaintiff raised a triable issue of fact, since his treating physicians found a tear in his right shoulder (see Duran v Kabir, 93 AD3d 566, 567 [1st Dept 2012], Peluso v Janice Taxi Co., Inc., 77 AD3d 491, 492 [1st Dept 2010]), and recent range of motion limitations in his right shoulder (see Jacobs v Rolon, 76 AD3d 905 [1st Dept 2010]).

Since the Court of Appeals rejected "a rule that would make contemporaneous quantitative measurements a prerequisite to recovery," there was no requirement that the treating physician set forth any objective test that would have been used at that time (see Perl v Meher, 18 NY3d 208, 218 [2011]). Dr. Cortijo's report of an examination the day after plaintiff's accident established the requisite causation (id. At 217-218 ["a contemporaneous doctor's report is important to proof of causation" (emphasis omitted)]); plaintiff was not required to submit evidence of any quantified range of motion testing performed at that time (see Biascochea v Boves, 93 AD3d 548, 548-549 [1st Dept 2012]).

We note that if plaintiff prevails at trial on his serious injury claims, he will be entitled to recovery also on his non-serious injuries caused by the accident (see Linton v Nawaz, 14 NY3d 821 [2010]; Rubin v SMS Taxi Corp., 71 AD3d 548 [2010]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: OCTOBER 2, 2012

CLERK

20121002

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