MacMILLAN v. KAVANAUGH

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

Matt W. MacMILLAN, as Parent and Natural Guardian of Brittany Noel MacMillan, an Infant, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. James KAVANAUGH, Mary Kavanaugh and Lisa A. Usiak, Defendants-Respondents.  (Appeal No. 1.)

Decided: December 30, 1999

PRESENT:  PINE, J.P., WISNER, HURLBUTT and BALIO, JJ. Samuel J. Capizzi, Depew, for Plaintiff-Appellant. Lori M. Siracuse, Buffalo, for Defendants-Respondents James Kavanaugh and Mary Kavanaugh. Laurie A. Giordano, for Defendant-Respondent Lisa A. Usiak.

 Supreme Court properly granted the pretrial motion of defendants James Kavanaugh and Mary Kavanaugh seeking preclusion of testimony by plaintiff's expert concerning the possible future impairment of the ability of plaintiff's daughter to bear children due to a deformity in her pelvic ring.   It was undisputed that future medical monitoring is necessary to determine the clinical significance of that deformity (see, Askey v. Occidental Chem. Corp., 102 A.D.2d 130, 136-137, 477 N.Y.S.2d 242).  “The threat of future harm, not yet realized, is not enough” (Prosser and Keeton, Torts, § 30, at 165 [5th ed.] ).  We reject the contention that the order granting the motion is not appealable (see, CPLR 5701[a][2][v];  see also, Brown v. State of New York, 250 A.D.2d 314, 320-321, 681 N.Y.S.2d 170).

Order unanimously affirmed without costs.

MEMORANDUM: