Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A fall on a wet locker room floor.

Practice point:  The defendant met its initial burden of demonstrating lack of notice of the wet condition by submitting evidence that it followed its routine maintenance and inspection procedures, and that the condition was not observed either by maintenance staff when they inspected the area, or by plaintiff and her daughter. Testimony that the plaintiff and her daughter had seen water on the locker room floor on several other occasions and that the daughter had complained about it demonstrates, at most, that the defendant had a general awareness of a wet condition, which is insufficient to raise a triable issue of fact as to notice.

Student note: The plaintiff's expert's affidavit was conclusory, and failed to cite any accepted industry practice, standard, code or regulation that had been violated.

Case:  Phillip v. Young Men's Christian Assn. of Greater N.Y., NY Slip Op 03013 (1st Dept. 2014)

Here is the decision.

Tomorrow's issue: Summary judgment in a action based on a playground fall.