575 N.E.2d 522 (Ohio Co. 1989), 89CV-F-37, Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Porter
|Citation:||575 N.E.2d 522, 61 Ohio Misc.2d 116|
|Opinion Judge:||HARRY W. WHITE, Judge.|
|Party Name:||CINCINNATI INSURANCE COMPANY v. PORTER et al.|
|Attorney:||Burech & Sargus and Stanley G. Burech, St. Clairsville, for plaintiff. Gold, Khourey & Turak and Louis H. Khourey, Moundsville, W.Va., for defendants.|
|Case Date:||November 21, 1989|
|Court:||County Court of Ohio|
Syllabus by the Court
1. When the insurer of a tortfeasor satisfies a claim of subrogation by the insurer of the claimant for payments made under its medical payments' coverage to the claimant, the right of subrogation is satisfied and extinguished, thus leaving nothing to which the tortfeasor's insurer can succeed.
2. The proper procedure to claim a credit for advanced medical payments made by the insurer of a tortfeasor is to seek post-judgment relief, prior to satisfaction of judgment, in the court which renders the judgment allegedly incorporating the advanced payments. [61 Ohio Misc.2d 117]
This matter is before the court on the memoranda of counsel, the court having previously found that the material facts herein are not contradicted in the pleadings.
On December 19, 1985, an employee of Associated Paper Stock, Inc. (plaintiff's insured) was involved in a motor vehicle collision with defendant Marcelene Porter. As a result of that accident, Mrs. Porter and her husband, Clyde, filed suit against plaintiff's insured for personal injury and loss of consortium, respectively. Trial was held before a jury which rendered a verdict in favor of the Porters in the sum of $50,000. Judgment on the verdict was satisfied, in full, by plaintiff, Cincinnati Insurance Company, on the day it was entered.
While the claim was pending, the Porters submitted to their own insurer, Nationwide Insurance Company ("Nationwide"), a claim for payment of medical bills incurred as a result of the accident in the amount of $1,194, which was paid to the Porters by
Nationwide under the medical payments' coverage of their own insurance policy. Nationwide's policy with the Porters granted it the "right of subrogation" for such payment. Subsequently, Nationwide demanded payment from plaintiff for the amount paid to the Porters, which plaintiff eventually paid in full.
The medical bills for which these payments were made were introduced in evidence at the personal injury trial. Plaintiff now claims that the...
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