ORLANDO v. RICHMOND PRECAST, INC.


53 A.D.3d 534 (2008)

861 N.Y.S.2d 765

BARBARA ORLANDO et al., Respondents, v. RICHMOND PRECAST, INC., et al., Appellants.

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department.

Decided July 8, 2008.


Ordered that the order is modified, on the law and the facts, by deleting the provision thereof denying that branch of the motion which was, in effect, to compel the plaintiffs to comply with item No. 11 of the defendants' notice for discovery and inspection dated November 16, 2006, and substituting therefor a provision granting that branch of the motion; as so modified, the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs to the defendants; and it is further,

Ordered that the time for the plaintiffs to comply with item No. 11 of the defendants' notice for discovery and inspection dated November 16, 2006, shall be within 90 days after service of a copy of this decision and order upon the plaintiffs.

The defendants sought, inter alia, to obtain authorizations for workers' compensation and medical records of the plaintiff Barbara Orlando (hereinafter the plaintiff) arising out of an accident that had occurred in 1999, some six years prior to the subject accident. Since the nature and severity of the plaintiff's prior physical injuries may have an impact upon the amount of damages recoverable for a claim of loss of enjoyment of life, the records and reports regarding those prior injuries are material and necessary to the defense (see Diamond v Ross Orthopedic Group, P.C., 41 A.D.3d 768, 769 [2007]; Vanalst v City of New York, 276 A.D.2d 789 [2000]).


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