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Res Ipsa Loquitur Doctrine May Apply in This Elevator Malfunction Case

The First Department determined the res ipsa loquitur doctrine may apply to this elevator malfunction case and defendant’s motion for summary judgment was properly denied: “Summary judgment was properly denied in this action where plaintiff was injured when the elevator door in defendant’s building closed unexpectedly on her hand as she attempted to exit. Defendant has failed to establish, as a matter of law, that res ipsa loquitur is inapplicable to this case ...”. Carter v. New York City Hous. Auth., 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 07722, First Dept 10-29-19

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