A Res Ipsa Loquitur Case for the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced today that it has granted review in McDaid v. Aztec West Condominium Association.  The question presented in that appeal, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Does the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur (a Latin phrase meaning ‘the thing speaks for itself’) apply to plaintiff’s claims for injuries resulting from her being struck by a closing elevator door in her condominium complex?”

The Law Division granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant, and the Appellate Division, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed for the reasons expressed by the Law Division.  Now the Supreme Court will address the case.