NAVARRO v. Montefiore Medical Center, Putative Defendant–Appellant.

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Alpida NAVARRO, As Administratrix of the Estate of Epifanio Abreu, Deceased, Plaintiff–Respondent, v. WILLIAMSBRIDGE MANOR NURSING HOME CENTER, etc., Defendant, Montefiore Medical Center, Putative Defendant–Appellant.

Decided: January 21, 2016

SWEENY, J.P., RENWICK, MANZANET–DANIELS, GISCHE, JJ. Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP, Valhalla (Edward J. Guardaro, Jr. of counsel), for appellant. Krentsel & Guzman, LLP, New York (Steven E. Krentsel of counsel), for respondent.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Stanley Green, J.), entered on or about October 17, 2013, which, to the extent appealed from as limited by the briefs, granted plaintiff's motion permitting her to serve a supplemental summons and amended complaint adding Montefiore Medical Center as a defendant, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, to deny the motion to amend without prejudice to renewal in the Supreme Court.

Plaintiff moved to amend the caption of the within action to name Montefiore Medical Center as a defendant in the “summons and complaint.” To the extent plaintiff seeks to add Montefiore as a named party defendant to this medical malpractice action by this motion, the court improvidently exercised its discretion in permitting her to serve a supplemental summons and amended complaint on Montefiore, especially where she failed to submit a copy of her proposed pleadings and an affidavit of merit with her motion to amend (see Perez v. Paramount Communications, 92 N.Y.2d 749, 754 [1999]; Torchia v. Garvey, 118 AD3d 426 [1st Dept 2014] ).

However, in light of the minimal delay in making the motion, and the fact that the motion was made prior to the statute of limitations' expiration, plaintiff may submit proper papers, including a medical expert's affidavit of merit, so that the court may examine the proposed pleading for sufficiency (see Thomas Crimmins Contr. Co. v. City of New York, 74 N.Y.2d 166, 170 [1989]; Ancrum v. St. Barnabas Hosp., 301 A.D.2d 474, 475 [1st Dept 2003] ).