May 15, 2013
Mary Sie, respondent,
Maimonides Medical Center, appellant, et al., defendant. Index No. 27458/08
Wenick & Finger, P.C., New York, N.Y. (Frank J. Wenick and Rita S. Menchel of counsel), for appellant.
Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, New York, N.Y. (Douglas E. Hoffer and Sal Aspromonte of counsel), for respondent.
REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P., JOHN M. LEVENTHAL, LEONARD B. AUSTIN, ROBERT J. MILLER, JJ.
DECISION & ORDER
In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendant Maimonides Medical Center appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Schmidt, J.), dated January 6, 2012, which denied its motion, in effect, for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against it.
ORDERED that the order is reversed, on the law, with costs, and the motion by the defendant Maimonides Medical Center, in effect, for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against it is granted.
The plaintiff allegedly slipped and fell on a patch of ice on the sidewalk in front of a building owned by the defendant Maimonides Medical Center (hereinafter the Medical Center). Thereafter, the plaintiff commenced this action to recover damages for personal injuries against, among others, the Medical Center. In the order appealed from, the Supreme Court denied the Medical Center's motion, in effect, for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against it.
"Under the storm in progress rule, ' a landowner generally cannot be held liable for injuries sustained as a result of slippery conditions that occur during an ongoing storm, or for a reasonable time thereafter'" (Weller v Paul, 91 A.D.3d 945, 947, quoting Mazzella v City of New York, 72 A.D.3d 755, 756; see also Solazzo v New York City Tr. Auth., 6 N.Y.3d 734, 735; Barresi v Putnam Hosp. Ctr., 71 A.D.3d 811, 812). On a motion for summary judgment, the question of whether a reasonable time has elapsed may be decided as a matter of law by the court, based upon the circumstances of the case (see Valentine v City of New York, 57 N.Y.2d 932, 933-934).
In support of its motion, the Medical Center established its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by submitting evidence demonstrating that it did not have a reasonable opportunity after a snow storm ended to correct the hazard which allegedly caused the plaintiff's accident (see Lanos v Cronheim, 77 A.D.3d 631, 632-633; Barresi v Putnam Hosp. Ctr., 71 A.D.3d at 812; Russo v 40 Garden St. Partners, 6 A.D.3d 420, 421; Fuks v New York City Tr. Auth., 243 A.D.2d 678; Wall v Village of Mineola, 237 A.D.2d 511). In opposition, the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact. Accordingly, the Supreme Court erred in denying the motion.
The parties' remaining contentions either are without merit or need not be addressed in light of our determination.
RIVERA, J.P., LEVENTHAL, AUSTIN and MILLER, JJ., concur.