Supreme Court, Appellate
2006 WL 2076974
July 27, 2006
Summary of Opinion
Plaintiff, a mounted police
officer, was thrown from her horse in the practice ring. She unsuccessfully sued the City of
Text of Opinion
Judgment, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Anne E. Targum, J.), entered January 12, 2005, after a jury trial, upon a verdict in favor of defendants, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
A verdict should not be set aside unless the jury could not have reached its verdict on any fair interpretation of the evidence (McDermott v. Coffee Beanery, 9 A.D.3d 195, 206  ). Particular deference is to be accorded a jury verdict in favor of a defendant in a tort action (id. at 206-207, 777 N.Y.S.2d 103). Thus, given that plaintiff, a mounted police officer who suffered a severe injury to the right temple area of her head, was unable to recall being thrown from her horse in the practice ring, and given her expert's concession that, depending on the circumstances, a properly fitted riding helmet would not always protect a person's head from a hard impact, the trial court properly denied plaintiff's motion to set aside, as against the weight of the evidence, the jury's verdict that, although the City was negligent in failing to provide plaintiff with a properly fitted helmet, such negligence was not a substantial cause of her accident.