• Plaintiff’s Post-Accident Observations of Defective Carpet were Insufficient to Create an Issue of Fact.
  • April 27, 2017 | Author: Adam C. Calvert
  • Law Firm: Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. - New York Office
  • Reeves v. 1700 First Avenue LLC, 142 A.D.3d 830 (1st Dep’t 2016)

    The plaintiff allegedly tripped and fell over a carpet at the entrance door to the defendant’s property. The appellate division granted summary judgment to the property owner, finding that the defendant established its prima facie entitlement to summary judgment based on the doorman’s testimony that the carpet was fine when he saw it an hour before the accident. The plaintiff could not create an issue of fact because he did not feel any defect before or during the accident. His post-accident observations of the carpet (photographs taken a few days later) could not be used to create an issue of fact because they were not probative of the condition of the carpet at the time of the accident.