New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims
RIOS v. STATE OF NEW YORK, # 2021-032-063, Claim No. 132631, Motion No. M-95255

Synopsis

Case information

UID: 2021-032-063
Claimant(s): MARIA RIOS
Claimant short name: RIOS
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Defendant(s): STATE OF NEW YORK
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Third-party claimant(s):
Third-party defendant(s):
Claim number(s): 132631
Motion number(s): M-95255
Cross-motion number(s):
Judge: JUDITH A. HARD
Claimant's attorney: By: Edward T. Chase, Esq.
Defendant's attorney: Hon. Letitia James, Attorney General
By: Janet L. Polstein, AAG
Third-party defendant's attorney:
Signature date: June 29, 2021
City: Albany
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Official citation:
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See also (multicaptioned case)

Decision

The Court has completed an in camera review of 64 pages, consisting of the progress notes and medication administration records from the Gateway Transitional Residence for patient M.G. for the dates of May 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018.

Where, as here, there exists a claim of patient-on-patient assault at a facility licensed and operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Court must "conduct an in camera review of the assailant's records, and determine if they contain information of a nonmedical nature relating to any prior assaults or similar violent behavior by the assailant that should be disclosed" (Sohan v Long Is. Coll. Hosp., 282 AD2d 597, 598 [2d Dept. 2001]; see also Mental Hygiene Law 33.13 [c]; Mayer v Albany Med. Ctr. Hosp., 37 AD2d 1011, 1011 [3d Dept. 1971]). The Court has reviewed the clinical record of the alleged assailant provided by defendant in compliance with the guidance set forth in Brier v State of New York, 95 AD2d 788 [2d Dept. 1983].

Based upon the foregoing, the Court finds that the documents submitted by defendant do not contain "information of a nonmedical nature relating to any prior assaults or similar violent behavior by the assailant that should be disclosed" (Sohan, supra at 598).

The Clerk of the Court is directed keep motion number M-95255 open pending the Court's receipt and review of documents subpoenaed from Zucker Hillside Hospital pursuant to the Court's March 1, 2021 Decision and Order (Rios v State of New York, UID No. 2021-032-021 [Ct Cl, Hard, J., Mar. 1, 2021]).

June 29, 2021

Albany, New York

JUDITH A. HARD

Judge of the Court of Claims