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Mayer v. Albany Medical Center Hospital

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third Department
Nov 3, 1971
37 A.D.2d 1011 (N.Y. App. Div. 1971)

Opinion

November 3, 1971


Appeal from so much of an order of the Supreme Court at Special Term, entered April 8, 1971 in Rensselaer County, which granted defendant's motion to vacate or modify plaintiffs' notice for discovery and inspection to the extent of deleting therefrom the requirement that defendant produce certain records of a nonparty. Plaintiff wife was visiting her father in defendant's psychiatric ward when she was assaulted by another patient in the ward, which allegedly resulted in serious bodily injury. She brings this action in negligence against the defendant hospital, claiming failure to properly supervise dangerous psychiatric patients, and seeks disclosure of certain specified portions of the hospital records of the assailant patient. Defendant moves for an order vacating and modifying the notice of discovery on the ground that the records relate to a nonparty who had not himself been given notice. Special Term granted the motion, reserving the right of the trial court to permit disclosure of the records at the time of trial. It is significant that plaintiffs request only nonmedical data. They desire information relating solely to the patient's propensities, in order to establish knowledge on the part of the defendant. Under the provisions of CPLR 3120 (subd. [a]) discovery and inspection may be had against a party in possession of the material sought. We conclude that plaintiffs' notice under the circumstances was proper. Plaintiffs are entitled to all nonmedical data pertaining to prior assaults or attempted assaults by the patient, including the time and place and surrounding circumstances, together with the date the information came within the knowledge of defendant. They are also entitled to know the length and number of times the patient was confined to the defendant's institution. Order modified, on the law and the facts, so as to permit discovery and inspection not inconsistent herewith, and, as so modified, affirmed, without costs. Herlihy, P.J., Reynolds, Aulisi, Staley, Jr., and Sweeney, JJ., concur. [ 56 Misc.2d 239.]


Summaries of

Mayer v. Albany Medical Center Hospital

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third Department
Nov 3, 1971
37 A.D.2d 1011 (N.Y. App. Div. 1971)
Case details for

Mayer v. Albany Medical Center Hospital

Case Details

Full title:JOYCE MAYER et al., Appellants, v. ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third Department

Date published: Nov 3, 1971

Citations

37 A.D.2d 1011 (N.Y. App. Div. 1971)

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