The Fourth Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the failure to produce the child (who allegedly was injured at school recess) for the General Municipal Law 50-h hearing required dismissal of the complaint:
“As General Municipal Law § 50-h (5) makes clear on its face, compliance with a municipality’s demand for a section 50-h examination is a condition precedent to commencing an action against that municipality” … . “A claimant’s failure to comply with such a demand generally warrants dismissal of the action”… . “Requiring claimants to comply with section 50-h before commencing an action augments the statute’s purpose, which ‘is to afford the [municipality] an opportunity to early investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and to explore the merits of the claim, while information is readily available, with a view towards settlement’ ” … . ” ‘The failure to submit to . . . an examination [pursuant to section 50-h], however, may be excused in exceptional circumstances, such as extreme physical or psychological incapacity’ ” … .
Here, “[b]y refusing to produce for an examination under General Municipal Law § 50-h the minor child on whose behalf they are suing, plaintiffs failed to comply with a condition precedent to commencing the action . . . Nor did they demonstrate exceptional circumstances so as to excuse their noncompliance” … . Jeffrey T.C. v Grand Is. Cent. Sch. Dist., 2021 NY Slip Op 04427, Fourth Dept 7-16-21