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Matter of Starnella v. Bratton – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Matter of Starnella v. Bratton (92 N.Y.2d 836, 699 N.E.2d 421, 677 N.Y.S.2d 62 [1998]), the Court found that one petitioner's injury, caused when he slipped on a pool of water in the bathroom, was accidental as it arose from a sudden and unexpected event, while the other petitioner's injury, caused when he fell down a flight of stairs, was not an accidental injury as "a fall down the stairs as a result of one's own misstep, without more, is not so out-of-the-ordinary or unexpected as to constitute an accidental injury as a matter of law."