The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined petitioner’s motion for leave to file a late notice of claim in this slip and fall case should have been granted. Although the excuse was inadequate, the city had actual notice and was not prejudiced by the delay:
Petitioner’s assertion that he was unaware of the requirement that he file a notice of claim within 90 days of his accident is not a reasonable excuse for failing to file a timely notice … . His contention that his injuries prevented him from timely filing a notice of claim is not an acceptable excuse, because he failed to provide any medical documentation to support his claimed incapacity … . Notwithstanding, his failure to establish a reasonable excuse for not timely filing a notice of claim is not fatal … .
The City obtained actual notice of the accident within a reasonable time after the 90-day period expired … . It does not contest petitioner’s assertion that the condition of the hole remained unchanged at the time he sought leave … . Although petitioner does not address whether anyone saw the accident, the bare claim that the delay would make it difficult for the City to locate witnesses is insufficient to establish prejudice … . Matter of Montero v City of New York, 2019 NY Slip Op 07732, First Dept 10-29-19