Newtonv.Drayton

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First DepartmentMay 27, 2003
305 A.D.2d 303 (N.Y. App. Div. 2003)
305 A.D.2d 303760 N.Y.S.2d 38

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May 27, 2003.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Milton Tingling, J.), entered May 21, 2002, which granted defendants' motions for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Michael I. Quintana, for plaintiff-appellant.

Robert L. Boydstun John P. Harris, for defendants-respondents.

Before: Buckley, P.J., Tom, Ellerin, Lerner, Friedman, JJ.


Defendants permissibly relied on the unsworn reports of plaintiff's doctors to satisfy their initial burden of showing that plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102(d) (see McNair v. Ofori, 198 A.D.2d 47). Contrary to plaintiff's opposition, nothing in these reports tends to show that trauma experienced in the accident made an abortion advisable. These same reports also show no significant deficits in range of motion as of five weeks after the accident, and again as of five months after the accident. Nor does the MRI showing bulging discs a month after the accident raise an issue of fact as to serious injury, absent objective medical evidence, in admissible form (see Grasso v. Angerami, 79 N.Y.2d 813), of the degree and duration of any resulting physical limitations (see Toure v. Avis Rent A Car Sys., 98 N.Y.2d 345, 350-351;Rangel-Vargas v. Vurchio, 289 A.D.2d 92).

Inexplicably, plaintiff failed to submit the medical records of the clinic where she allegedly received such advice, despite two court orders to do so.

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