2017–04931 Index No. 505744/14
Hasapidis Law Offices, South Salem, N.Y. (Annette G. Hasapidis of counsel), for appellant. Richard T. Lau, Jericho, N.Y. (Nancy S. Goodman of counsel), for respondents.
Hasapidis Law Offices, South Salem, N.Y. (Annette G. Hasapidis of counsel), for appellant.
Richard T. Lau, Jericho, N.Y. (Nancy S. Goodman of counsel), for respondents.
LEONARD B. AUSTIN, J.P., SYLVIA O. HINDS–RADIX, JOSEPH J. MALTESE, LINDA CHRISTOPHER, JJ.
DECISION & ORDERORDERED that the judgment is reversed, on the law, with costs, the defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is denied, the complaint is reinstated, and the order is modified accordingly.
The plaintiff allegedly tripped and fell over a defect in a sidewalk abutting the defendants' premises. Subsequently, the plaintiff commenced this personal injury action against the defendants. The defendants moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint. The Supreme Court granted the motion, and a judgment was entered in favor of the defendants and against the plaintiff dismissing the complaint. The plaintiff appeals.
In a trip and fall case, a defendant moving for summary judgment has the initial burden of making a prima facie showing that it neither created the hazardous condition nor had actual or constructive notice of its existence for a sufficient length of time to discover and remedy it (see Davis v. Sutton, 136 A.D.3d 731, 732–733, 26 N.Y.S.3d 100 ; Maloney v. Farris, 117 A.D.3d 916, 985 N.Y.S.2d 882 ). A movant cannot satisfy its initial burden by merely pointing to gaps in the plaintiff's case (see Maloney v. Farris, 117 A.D.3d at 916, 985 N.Y.S.2d 882 ).
Here, the defendants failed to establish, prima facie, that they did not have constructive notice of the alleged hazardous condition. In support of their motion, the defendants submitted no evidence as to when the subject sidewalk was last inspected prior to the accident (see Davis v. Sutton, 136 A.D.3d at 733, 26 N.Y.S.3d 100 ; Maloney v. Farris, 117 A.D.3d at 916–917, 985 N.Y.S.2d 882 ; Pryzywalny v. New York City Tr. Auth., 69 A.D.3d 598, 599, 892 N.Y.S.2d 181 ; Baines v. G & D Ventures, Inc., 64 A.D.3d 528, 529, 883 N.Y.S.2d 256 ; cf. Gallway v. Muintir, LLC, 142 A.D.3d 948, 949, 38 N.Y.S.3d 28 ). Since the defendants failed to meet their initial burden as the movants, it is not necessary to review the sufficiency of the plaintiff's opposition papers (see Winegrad v. New York Univ. Med. Ctr., 64 N.Y.2d 851, 487 N.Y.S.2d 316, 476 N.E.2d 642 ).Accordingly, the Supreme Court should have denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
AUSTIN, J.P., HINDS–RADIX, MALTESE and CHRISTOPHER, JJ., concur.