What The Plaintiff Could Not Prove in this Legal Malpractice Case
While the decision inZaidman v Marcel Weisman, LLC 2013 NY Slip Op 03323 Decided on May 8, 2013 Appellate Division, Second Department does not specifically set forth what Plaintiff could not prove, we believe it would have been "notice" of a defective condition, and lack of proof (in the alternative) of creation of the dangerous condition. In other words, could plaintiff prove that the plastic wrapper was left by the distributors or not?
"The defendant was retained to represent the plaintiff in an action to recover damages for injuries she allegedly sustained when she slipped and fell on a plastic-wrapped package of advertising flyers left on the steps of her residence. The defendant commenced an action on behalf of the plaintiff against the owner of the residence and against a marketing distribution company which allegedly distributed the flyers. The owner of the residence defaulted, and the defendant obtained a judgment against her and in favor of the plaintiff. Depositions of a representative of the marketing distribution company were not conducted until after the expiration of the statute of limitations, at which time the representative testified that the company did not start distributing that particular advertising flyer until a date subsequent to the plaintiff's accident, and named another company which allegedly was the distributor at the relevant time. The defendant was unable to commence an action against this other company or against the publisher of the advertising flyers, as the statute of limitations had expired, and the plaintiff commenced this action alleging legal malpractice. "
"The plaintiff failed to establish her entitlement to judgment as a matter of law on the issue of defendant's liability for malpractice, as she failed to establish, prima facie, that she would [*2]have prevailed in the underlying action against certain persons or entities whom she identified, even had they been timely joined as additional defendants (see Greene v Sager, 78 AD3d at 779; Theresa Striano Revocable Trust v Brancato, 71 AD3d 1122). "