In this negligence action arising out of a two-car collision, plaintiff, a passenger in one of the vehicles, seeks to recover damages for personal injuries allegedly sustained therein.
Following joinder of issue, defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to set forth a prima facie case of "serious injury" as defined by Insurance Law § 5102 (d). In support of the motion, defendants relied on the pleadings and medical records of various physicians, who basically asserted that, based on their examinations, plaintiff suffered no orthopedic disability or dysfunction, as claimed, and that her complaints were all subjective without any objective findings. These medical reports were unsworn. Plaintiff characterized the injuries as "post-concussion syndrome including but not limited to headaches, pain, insomnia, dizziness, vertigo and nausea", along with lumbar region and cervical spine sprain. The IAS court granted defendants' motion and denied plaintiff's cross-motion for partial summary judgment on the threshold issue of serious injury. We reverse.
Although, on the basis of the documentation before us, were defendants' proofs in competent form, we could not quarrel with the determination reached by the IAS court, it is clear