|Forster v Novic|
|2015 NY Slip Op 03406 [127 AD3d 605]|
|April 23, 2015|
|Appellate Division, First Department|
|Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.|
| Ray Forster, Appellant,|
Alexandru Novic et al., Respondents.
Raskin & Kremins, LLP, New York (Michael Kremins of counsel), for appellant.
Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C., Brooklyn (Robert D. Grace of counsel), for Alexandru Novic and Mohammad Islam, respondents.
Russo, Apoznanski & Tambasco, Melville (Yamile Al-Sullami of counsel), for Carlos Chavez and Robert Chavez, respondents.
Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Lucindo Suarez, J.), entered on or about December 2, 2013, which granted defendants' motions for summary judgment dismissing the complaint as against them on the issue of serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102 (d), unanimously affirmed, without costs.
Defendants established prima facie that plaintiff did not sustain "significant disfigurement" (Insurance Law § 5102 [d]) as a result of the motor vehicle accident. Their plastic surgeon described the scar on plaintiff's forehead as "well healed" and "barely perceptible," and their neurologist noted that the scar was "hardly visible"; a photograph taken by the plastic surgeon bears out these descriptions (see Christopher V. v James A. Leasing, Inc., 115 AD3d 462 [1st Dept 2014]; Sidibe v Cordero, 79 AD3d 536 [1st Dept 2010]). In opposition, plaintiff failed to submit a recent photograph of the scar to rebut defendants' showing (see Aguilar v Hicks, 9 AD3d 318 [1st Dept 2004]). Concur—Sweeny, J.P., Andrias, Manzanet-Daniels and Clark, JJ.