SR&A Obtains Summary Judgment in Restaurant Premises Liability Case

Congratulations to Martin Adler, who obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against our client in Supreme Court, New York County, in a premises liability case. Plaintiff, a patron of our client’s restaurant, fell down an interior staircase, sustaining a trimalleolar ankle fracture with internal fixation and lower back injuries. She alleged various defects including an improperly mounted handrail, sleek and worn treads, and insufficient lighting. We argued that the staircase was reasonably safe and that the plaintiff, who was a frequent customer of the restaurant and had been drinking on the night of her accident, was solely responsible for the accident. The Court found that we had successfully established as a matter of law that the restaurant was not negligent, and that plaintiff had failed to establish the existence of any material issues of fact in opposition to the motion.