RIVERA v. NEW YORK HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Sean RIVERA, etc., et al., Plaintiff-Respondent, v. NEW YORK HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION (Bellevue Hospital Center and Gouverneur Diagnostic & Treatment Center), Defendant-Appellant.

Decided: March 29, 2007

ANDRIAS, J.P., FRIEDMAN, BUCKLEY, SWEENY, CATTERSON, JJ. Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, New York (Karen M. Griffin of counsel), for appellant. Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald, P.C., Yonkers (Mitchell L. Gittin of counsel), for respondent.

Appeal from order, Supreme Court, New York County (Sheila Abdus-Salaam, J.), entered May 31, 2006, which denied defendant's motion to preclude expert testimony consistent with the opinions set out in plaintiff's pediatric neurology expert witness disclosure, or alternatively, for a pretrial hearing, unanimously dismissed, without costs.

 An evidentiary ruling made before trial is generally reviewable only in the context of an appeal from the judgment rendered after trial (see Weatherbee Constr. Corp. v. Miele, 270 A.D.2d 182, 183, 705 N.Y.S.2d 222 [2000] ).   Thus, no appeal lies from the order denying defendant's motion to preclude the proposed expert testimony (see Rodriguez v. Ford Motor Co., 17 A.D.3d 159, 160, 792 N.Y.S.2d 468 [2005] ).   This is not a situation falling within the exception to the rule (see Matter of City of New York v. Mobil Oil Corp., 12 A.D.3d 77, 783 N.Y.S.2d 75 [2004] ), because the order defendant seeks to challenge does not limit the legal theory of the liability case (see Rodriguez, 17 A.D.3d at 160, 792 N.Y.S.2d 468).