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Ve Medical Care, P.C. As Assignee of Luis Rengifo v. Ny Central Mutual Fire Ins. Co

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE TERM, SECOND DEPARTMENT, 2d, 11th and 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICTS


June 11, 2012

VE MEDICAL CARE, P.C. AS ASSIGNEE OF LUIS RENGIFO,
RESPONDENT, --
v.
NY CENTRAL MUTUAL FIRE INS. CO.,
APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Reginald A. Boddie, J.), dated October 4, 2010.

VE Med. Care, P.C. v NY Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co.

Appellate Term, Second Department

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.

Decided on June 11, 2012

PRESENT: PESCE, P.J., WESTON and ALIOTTA, JJ

The order denied defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

ORDERED that the order is reversed, without costs, and defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted.

In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, defendant appeals from an order of the Civil Court which denied its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

In support of its motion for summary judgment, defendant submitted an affidavit by an employee of Crossland Medical Review Services, Inc. (Crossland), the entity which scheduled, on behalf of defendant, the independent medical examinations (IMEs) involved herein. The affidavit established that the IME scheduling letters had been timely mailed in accordance with Crossland's standard office practices and procedures (see St. Vincent's Hosp. of Richmond v Government Empls. Ins. Co., 50 AD3d 1123 [2008]; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v Chubb Group of Ins., 17 Misc 3d 16 [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]). In addition, the affidavit executed by defendant's claims examiner demonstrated that its denial of claim form, which denied the claim based upon the failure of plaintiff's assignor to appear for the IMEs, had been timely mailed (see St. Vincent's Hosp. of Richmond, 50 AD3d 1123; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C., 17 Misc 3d 16). Defendant also submitted affirmations by its examining physicians stating that plaintiff's assignor had failed to appear for the scheduled IMEs. As a result, defendant established its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law (see Stephen Fogel Psychological, P.C. v Progressive Cas. Ins. Co., 35 AD3d 720 [2006]). Inasmuch as plaintiff submitted only an affirmation in opposition from its counsel, which affirmation failed to raise a triable issue of fact, the Civil Court should have granted defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

Accordingly, the order is reversed and defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted. Pesce, P.J., Weston and Aliotta, JJ., concur. Decision Date: June 11, 2012

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