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SKETCHES OF COURT: Parties settle for confidential sum in podiatric medical malpractice trial

June 2, 2016 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Genine Edwards and her judicial intern Gloria Liu listen while plaintiff’s attorney Andrew Friedman (standing), of the law firm Friedman Sanchez LLP, faces the jury during the podiatric medical malpractice trial Tannis v. Mollica. Court Officer Claudio Cotto maintained order during the proceedings. 

In 2007, Lystra Tannis, 65, sought treatment for a painful bunion and underwent a surgical procedure by Dr. Peter Mollica, a specialist in the field. He was represented by Michael Sullivan (at right), of the law firm Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach. 

Friedman claimed that Mollica was negligent and departed from accepted standards of podiatric care when he diagnosed and performed a Keller Bunionectomy, in that the surgery did not achieve the desired outcome. Tannis subsequently developed a hammertoe. Sullivan maintained that Mollica performed the procedure properly and that the hallux hammertoe which Tannis addressed 28 months later via fusion surgery with instrumentation was a separate issue. 

The parties settled for a confidential sum without any admission of fault or liability in the trial that concluded last week in Kings County Civil Term.