The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendants did not demonstrate plaintiff could not identify the cause of his slip and fall. Plaintiff fell near a sink in defendants’ bathroom. Although he did not see the condition which caused him to fall, his pants were wet after the fall:
… [T]he defendants failed to establish, prima facie, that the plaintiff did not know what had caused him to fall. The plaintiff testified at his deposition that he did not see the condition that caused him to fall prior to the accident. However, he testified that, after he fell, his pants became wet. “Contrary to the defendants’ contention, this testimony does not establish that the cause of the plaintiff’s fall cannot be identified without engaging in speculation” … . Redendo v Central Ave. Chrysler Jeep, Inc., 2022 NY Slip Op 03411, Second Dept 5-25-22
Practice Point: Plaintiff did not see the condition which caused him to fall near a sink in defendants’ bathroom, but his pants were wet after the fall. Defendants were not entitled to summary judgment on the ground the plaintiff could not identify the cause of his fall.