APREA SMITH v. SMITH

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Angelina APREA-SMITH, et al., appellants, v. Mike SMITH, respondent.

Decided: March 30, 2010

JOSEPH COVELLO, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, HOWARD MILLER, and RANDALL T. ENG, JJ. Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., New York, N.Y. (Stephen C. Glasser of counsel), for appellants. Richard T. Lau, Jericho, N.Y. (Nancy S. Goodman of counsel), for respondent.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, etc., the plaintiffs appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Starkey, J.), dated January 13, 2009, which granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The injured plaintiff and her husband, suing derivatively, commenced this action to recover damages for personal injuries allegedly sustained by the injured plaintiff when she fell while descending an interior staircase within residential premises the plaintiffs leased from the defendant. At her deposition, the injured plaintiff testified that she could not explain how she fell.

The defendant made a prima facie showing of entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by establishing that the injured plaintiff was unable to identify the cause of her fall (see Lissauer v. Shaarei Halacha, Inc., 37 A.D.3d 427, 427, 829 N.Y.S.2d 229). In opposition, the plaintiffs failed to raise a triable issue of fact (see Alvarez v. Prospect Hosp., 68 N.Y.2d 320, 508 N.Y.S.2d 923, 501 N.E.2d 572; Lissauer v. Shaarei Halacha, Inc., 37 A.D.3d at 427, 829 N.Y.S.2d 229). Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

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