Medical Malpractice News: NY Judge Denies Disclosure of Surgeon's Medical Records

N.Y. Judge Denies Disclosure of Surgeon's Records

Daniel Wise
New York Law Journal
June 21, 2006

A medical malpractice plaintiff, who claims her doctor was suffering from a physical condition that caused him to botch her face-lift, may not compel the doctor to disclose his medical records, a New York judge has ruled.

The defendant doctor's medical records remain privileged, unless he has taken some affirmative step to put his medical condition in issue, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten ruled in Brower v. Beraka, 109514/03.

Although Bransten refused to require Dr. George J. Beraka, a plastic surgeon, to disclose his medical records, she did order him to submit to a deposition where he could be asked questions about the facts and circumstances of his condition during the 40 days following the plaintiff's surgery.

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