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Art of Healing Medicine, P.C. As Assignee of Carlton Greenwood, Respondent v. New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company

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


May 6, 2013

ART OF HEALING MEDICINE, P.C. AS ASSIGNEE OF CARLTON GREENWOOD, RESPONDENT, --
v.
NEW YORK CENTRAL MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY, APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Nancy M. Bannon, J.), entered July 14, 2011.

Art of Healing Medicine, P.C. v New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co.

Decided on May 6, 2013

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This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.

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

The order, insofar as appealed from, denied the branch of defendant's motion seeking summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as it sought to recover upon a claim in the amount of $2,619.20 and granted the branch of plaintiff's cross motion seeking summary judgment on so much of the complaint as sought to recover upon this claim to the extent of holding that plaintiff had established its prima facie case with respect to this claim.

ORDERED that the order, insofar as appealed from, is modified, by striking the provision thereof granting the branch of plaintiff's cross motion seeking summary judgment on so much of the complaint as sought to recover upon a claim in the amount of $2,619.20 to the extent of holding that plaintiff had established its prima facie case with respect to this claim; as so modified, the order, insofar as appealed from, is affirmed, without costs.

In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, defendant appeals from so much of an order of the Civil Court as denied the branch of defendant's motion seeking summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as it sought to recover upon a claim in the amount of $2,619.20 and granted the branch of plaintiff's cross motion seeking summary judgment on so much of the complaint as sought to recover upon this claim to the extent of holding that plaintiff had established its prima facie case with respect to this claim.

On appeal, defendant argues that it established that so much of the complaint as sought to recover on the claim for $2,619.20 should have been dismissed based on plaintiff's assignor's failure to appear for duly scheduled independent medical examinations, which is a breach of a condition precedent to coverage. However, defendant concededly did not deny the claim on that ground. Therefore, defendant failed to establish its entitlement to summary judgment with respect to the $2,619.20 claim (see Westchester Med. Ctr. v Lincoln Gen. Ins. Co., 60 AD3d 1045 [2d Dept 2009], lv denied 13 NY3d 714 [2009]; see also Eastern Star Acupuncture, P.C. v American Tr. Ins. Co., 33 Misc 3d 141[A], 2011 NY Slip Op 52205[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2011]; but see Unitrin Advantage Ins. Co. v Bayshore Physical Therapy, PLLC, 82 AD3d 559 [1st Dept 2011], lv denied 17 NY3d 705 [2011]).

In support of its cross motion for summary judgment, plaintiff failed to prove the fact and the amount of the loss sustained, by demonstrating that the claim form annexed to its cross motion was admissible pursuant to CPLR 4518 (see Art of Healing Medicine, P.C. v Travelers Home & Mar. Ins. Co., 55 AD3d 644 [2008]; Dan Med., P.C. v New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 14 Misc 3d 44 [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2006]). Consequently, plaintiff failed to establish its prima facie case with respect to its $2,619.20 claim (see Westchester Med. Ctr. v Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 78 AD3d 1168 [2010]; Ave T MPC Corp. v Auto One Ins. Co., 32 Misc 3d 128[A], 2011 NY Slip Op 51292[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2011]).

Accordingly, the order, insofar as appealed from, is modified by striking the provision thereof granting the branch of plaintiff's cross motion seeking summary judgment on so much of the complaint as sought to recover upon a claim in the amount of $2,619.20 to the extent of holding that plaintiff had established its prima facie case with respect to this claim.

Aliotta, J.P., Pesce and Rios, JJ., concur. Decision Date: May 06, 2013

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