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Straussberg v. Marghub

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

July 24, 2013

Benno Straussberg, respondent,
v.
Amir Marghub, et al., appellants. (Index No. 17815/11)

Tromello, McDonnell & Kehoe, Melville, N.Y. (Stephen J. Donnelly of counsel), for appellants.

Elana Sharara, Great Neck, N.Y., for respondent.

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P., CHERYL E. CHAMBERS, SANDRA L. SGROI, SYLVIA O. HINDS-RADIX, JJ.

DECISION & ORDER

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendants appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Butler, J.), dated December 17, 2012, which denied their motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground that the plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102(d) as a result of the subject accident.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The defendants failed to meet their prima facie burden of showing that the plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102(d) as a result of the subject accident (see Toure v Avis Rent A Car Sys., 98 N.Y.2d 345; Gaddy v Eyler, 79 N.Y.2d 955, 956-957). Although the defendants contended that the alleged injury to the thoracolumbar region of the plaintiff's spine did not constitute a serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102(d), they failed to provide competent medical evidence establishing, prima facie, that the alleged injury did not constitute a serious injury under either the permanent consequential limitation of use or significant limitation of use categories of Insurance Law § 5102(d) (see Snyder v Rivera, 98 A.D.3d 1104, 1105; Kelly v Ghee, 87 A.D.3d 1054, 1055). Moreover, despite maintaining that the alleged injury was not caused by the subject accident, the defendants' own evidentiary submissions demonstrated the existence of a triable issue of fact as to whether that alleged injury was caused by the subject accident (see Snyder v Rivera, 98 A.D.3d at 1105; Kelly v Ghee, 87 A.D.3d at 1055).

In light of the defendants' failure to meet their prima facie burden, it is unnecessary to consider the sufficiency of the plaintiff's opposing papers (see Winegrad v New York Univ. Med. Ctr., 64 N.Y.2d 851, 853).

Therefore, the Supreme Court properly denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

SKELOS, J.P., CHAMBERS, SGROI and HINDS-RADIX, JJ., concur.


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