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Carter v. Isabella Geriatric Center

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


March 19, 2009

REGINA CARTER, ETC., PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
ISABELLA GERIATRIC CENTER, INC., DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

Appeal from an order, Supreme Court, New York County (Sheila Abdus-Salaam, J.), entered on or about January 10, 2008, which precluded plaintiff from offering expert testimony at trial based on her failure to provide sufficient expert disclosure and, based on that preclusion, dismissed the complaint, unanimously dismissed, without costs.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Mazzarelli, J.P., Gonzalez, Sweeny, McGuire, DeGrasse, JJ.

118304/04

The order on appeal, which was issued at a conference, is not appealable as of right because it did not decide a motion made on notice (see CPLR 5701[a][2]; Sidilev v Tsal-Tsalko, 52 AD3d 398 [2008]; Turbel v Societe Generale, 37 AD3d 187 [2007]). We decline to grant leave to appeal (see CPLR 5701[c]) because the record is not sufficiently developed to permit us to consider the issues raised by the parties. Notably, neither party made arguments or submitted evidence before Supreme Court touching on the fact-based issue of which of plaintiff's claims sound in medical malpractice and which sound in ordinary negligence (see Weiner v Lenox Hill Hosp., 88 NY2d 784, 787-788 [1996]). Relatedly, neither party made arguments or submitted evidence addressing which of plaintiff's claims need to be supported by expert testimony and which do not. Plaintiff's remedy is a motion to vacate the order precluding her from calling expert witnesses and dismissing the complaint.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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