APPELLATE TERM OF THE SUPREME COURT, FIRST DEPARTMENT
August 31, 2011
DARLINGTON MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS, P.C. A/A/O CLARA MORONTA,
PRAETORIAN INSURANCE COMPANY,
Defendant appeals from that portion of an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County (Mitchell J. Danzinger, J.), dated November 12, 2010, which denied its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
Darlington Med. Diagnostics, P.C. v Praetorian Ins. Co.
Decided on August 31, 2011
Appellate Term, First Department
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PRESENT: Lowe, III, P.J., Schoenfeld, Hunter, Jr., JJ
Order (Mitchell J. Danzinger, J.), dated November 12, 2010, insofar as appealed from, reversed, with $10 costs, motion granted and complaint dismissed. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment accordingly.
An insurer is not obligated to pay or deny a claim for no-fault benefits until it has received verification of the information requested (see 11 NYCRR 65-3.8[b]; Hospital for Joint Diseases v New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 44 AD3d 903, 903-904 ; Nyack Hosp. v State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 19 AD3d 569, 570 ). In support of its motion for summary judgment, defendant established that its initial and follow-up verification letters were timely mailed and received by plaintiff (see Nassau Ins. Co. v Murray, 46 NY2d 828, 829 ; LMK Psychological Servs., P.C. v Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 30 AD3d 727, 728 ; Badio v Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 12 AD3d 229 ). It being undisputed on the record that plaintiff failed to respond to defendant's verification requests, defendant established its prima facie entitlement to summary judgment dismissing the claim as premature (see St. Vincent Med. Care, P.C. v Country Wide Ins. Co., 80 AD3d 599, 600 ).
In opposition, plaintiff's conclusory denial of receipt of the initial verification letter was insufficient to raise a triable issue (see Nassau Ins. Co. v Murray, 46 NY2d at 829-830; Pardo v Central Coop. Ins. Co., 223 AD2d 832, 833 ; Abuhamra v New York Mut. Underwriters, 170 AD2d 1003, 1004 ).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE COURT.
Decision Date: August 31, 2011
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