Michael Sullivan Secures a Directed Verdict in Orange County Supreme Court

Michael Sullivan obtained a directed verdict in a Supreme Court, Orange County podiatric malpractice case on August 17, 2018. Plaintiff underwent podiatric surgery to repair an arthritic first metatarsophalangal joint and four contracted, rotationally deformed toes on the same foot. He claimed that the choice of surgery was improper and then also negligently performed, and caused worsened deformities which required further surgery three years later. At the close of plaintiff’s case, the Honorable Elaine Slobod granted Mr. Sullivan’s motion for a directed verdict based upon plaintiff’s expert’s failure to establish a prima facie case that the defendant podiatrist deviated from the standard of care.