The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendant’s motion for summary judgment in this medical malpractice action should not have been granted because defendant did not submit proof of the appropriate standard of care. The defendant, a podiatrist, treated plaintiff for Lyme disease with “ozone therapy:”
In this medical malpractice action, plaintiff testified that after he saw an advertisement by defendant in a magazine about alternative medicine he sought treatment from defendant for Lyme disease. Defendant is a licensed podiatrist who the record shows told plaintiff that he could treat a host of incurable non-podiatric conditions. * * *
Defendant has a history of being accused of using his putative study of ozone therapy’s ostensible benefits in treating podiatric conditions as a cover for his treatment of non-podiatric conditions … . In the present case, the record reflects that the putative treatment was not for a podiatric condition, and thus that defendant was practicing medicine outside of the medical confines of podiatry … , which raises an issue of professional misconduct … .
Defendant failed to make the necessary prima facie showing of entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, requiring reversal and denial of his motion for summary judgment regardless of the sufficiency of the opposing papers … . Defendant failed to establish the standard of care with which he should have complied for the treatment of Lyme disease, as to which he submitted no expert evidence … . Thus, on this record, it cannot be determined whether defendant deviated from accepted standards of practice. A trial is required on the issue whether defendant’s treatment proximately caused the physical and neurological manifestations of injury alleged by plaintiff. Georgievski v Robins, 2019 NY Slip Op 08619, First Dept 12-3-19