New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE TERM, SECOND DEPARTMENT, 2d, 11th and 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICTS
January 14, 2013
AXIS CHIROPRACTIC, PLLC AS ASSIGNEE OF LEONAR PUGH, APPELLANT, --
GEICO GENERAL INS. CO., RESPONDENT.
Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Pamela L. Fisher, J.), entered February 25, 2010. The order, insofar as appealed from as limited by the brief, granted defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint. The appeal from the order is deemed to be from a judgment of the same court entered December 7, 2010 dismissing the complaint (see CPLR 5501 [c]).
Axis Chiropractic, PLLC v Geico Gen. Ins. Co.
Decided on January 14, 2013
Appellate Term, Second Department
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PRESENT: PESCE, P.J., WESTON and RIOS, JJ
ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, with $25 costs.
In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, plaintiff appeals, as limited by its brief, from so much of an order of the Civil Court as granted defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint. A judgment was subsequently entered, from which the appeal is deemed to have been taken (see CPLR 5501 [c]).
The affidavit submitted by defendant in support of its cross motion for summary judgment established that defendant had timely mailed (see St. Vincent's Hosp. of Richmond v Government Empls. Ins. Co., 50 AD3d 1123 ; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v Chubb Group of Ins., 17 Misc 3d 16 [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]) the denial of claim forms at issue, which denied the claims on the ground of lack of medical necessity.
Moreover, defendant annexed to its motion papers an affirmed independent medical examination (IME) report which set forth a factual basis and medical rationale for the determination by defendant's chiropractor that there was a lack of medical necessity for the services rendered (see e.g. Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v Integon Natl. Ins. Co., 24 Misc 3d 136[A], 2009 NY Slip Op 51502[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2009]; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v American Tr. Ins. Co., 18 Misc 3d 128[A], 2007 NY Slip Op 52455[U] [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]; A. Khodadadi Radiology, P.C. v NY Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 16 Misc 3d 131[A], 2007 NY Slip Op 51342[U] [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]).
In opposition to defendant's cross motion for summary judgment, plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact, since it did not submit an affirmation or an affidavit from a medical professional rebutting the conclusions set forth in the IME report (see Innovative Chiropractic, P.C. v Mercury Ins. Co., 25 Misc 3d 137[A], 2009 NY Slip Op 52321[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2009]; Pan Chiropractic, P.C. v Mercury Ins. Co., 24 Misc 3d 136[A], 2009 NY Slip Op 51495[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2009]). Consequently, the Civil Court properly granted defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
Accordingly, the judgment is affirmed.
Pesce, P.J., Weston and Rios, JJ., concur. Decision Date: January 14, 2013
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