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Lyudmila V. Blyashuk and Yevegniy Blyashuk v. Gurpreet Dhaliwal

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


October 5, 2012

LYUDMILA V. BLYASHUK AND YEVEGNIY BLYASHUK,
PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS,
v.
GURPREET DHALIWAL, M.D., DILARA SAMADI, M.D., BUFFALO MEDICAL GROUP,
DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS, RALPH SPERRAZZA, M.D. AND CATHOLIC HEALTH SYSTEM, DOING BUSINESS AS SISTERS HOSPITAL OF BUFFALO,
DEFENDANTS. (APPEAL NO. 1.)

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Diane Y. Devlin, J.), entered June 28, 2011 in a medical malpractice action.

Blyashuk v Dhaliwal

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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.

Decided on October 5, 2012

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, LINDLEY, AND MARTOCHE, JJ.

The order, among other things, denied that part of the motion of defendants Gurpreet Dhaliwal, M.D., Dilara Samadi, M.D. and Buffalo Medical Group to strike the errata sheet relating to the deposition testimony of plaintiff Yevegniy Blyashuk.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum: Plaintiffs commenced this medical malpractice action seeking damages for the alleged negligence of defendants in their care and treatment of plaintiff Lyudmila V. Blyashuk. In appeal No. 1, Gurpreet Dhaliwal, M.D., Dilara Samadi, M.D. and Buffalo Medical Group (defendants) appeal from an order that, inter alia, denied that part of their motion to strike the errata sheet relating to the deposition testimony of plaintiff Yevegniy Blyashuk, a Russian citizen who does not speak English. In appeal No. 2, defendants appeal from an order that, inter alia, granted that part of plaintiffs' motion to compel defendants to produce documents regarding all laparoscopic surgeries performed by Samadi while he was an employee and shareholder of Buffalo Medical Group, including, but not limited to, operative reports and billing records from 1997 through February 12, 2008, with the names and identifying information of the patients redacted.

With respect to appeal No. 1, we reject defendants' contention that Supreme Court erred in denying that part of their motion to strike the errata sheet. At this juncture of the litigation, the court properly deferred the determination of the admissibility of the corrected testimony contained in the errata sheet until the time of trial or until raised in a summary judgment motion (see generally Martinez v 123-16 Liberty Ave. Realty Corp., 47 AD3d 901, 902).

We agree with defendants in appeal No. 2, however, that the court abused its discretion in granting that part of plaintiffs' motion to compel them to disclose all of the documents regarding the laparoscopic surgeries performed by Samadi, including the operative reports and billing records of nonparty patients (see Grieco v Kaleida Health, 79 AD3d 1764, 1766; Brandes v North Shore Univ. Hosp., 1 AD3d 551, 552).

Entered: October 5, 2012

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

20121005

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