Kilarjian v. Horvath, 393

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit)
Citation379 F.2d 547
Docket NumberDocket 31101.,No. 393,393
PartiesGeorge KILARJIAN, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Stephen HORVATH, Frank Horvath and Joseph Horvath, d/b/a Horvath Bros. Trucking Company, and Robert F. McKnight, Defendants-Appellants.
Decision Date27 June 1967

Harry Ruderman, New York City, for plaintiff-appellee.

Robert E. Curran, New York City, (Kevin D. Moloney and Michels, Gangel & Walton, New York City, on the brief), for defendants-appellants.

Before WATERMAN, FRIENDLY and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges.


This is an appeal from a jury verdict awarding the appellee $30,149.45 damages for personal injuries and property damage sustained on December 27, 1961, when appellants' truck struck the rear of appellee's automobile, which had come to a stop in heavy traffic. Liability was conceded during the trial, and the main issue on appeal is whether the trial judge committed reversible error by excluding certain evidence offered by the appellants to negate the appellee's claim that, as a result of the accident, he developed pains in his head and neck, which during the next three years extended to his left arm and shoulder, accompanied by swelling and a reduced sensory perception in his left hand. The appellee's medical experts testified that the shock of the collision had produced what is known as a nerve root irritation in the appellee's neck, which progressively worsened and the prolonged existence of which affected his left arm. The appellants argue, however, that because the appellee sought nothing more than conservative medical treatment, i. e., heat and exercise, for this condition until April of 1964, he did not in fact develop the condition until then — long after the collision — and that therefore it was not proximately caused by the accident. They assert further that what the appellee was actually suffering from in April, 1964, and thereafter was a "conversion reaction", a psychiatric term meaning the "transformation of an emotion into physical manifestations,"1 stemming from the appellee's anxieties about his year and a half separation from his wife and children and his frustrated desire to marry his secretary with whom he had meanwhile been living.

The only evidence to support this theory offered by the appellants was the report of a neurological examination of the appellee, made at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, in which the examining physician had diagnosed appellee's symptoms as "probably conversion reaction" and the cross-examination of one of appellee's medical witnesses, Dr. Kaplan, who conceded that a diagnosis that appellee's neck pains represented a conversion might be justified. But Dr. Kaplan pointed out that the report did not state to what the diagnosis related and he stressed that, while it could apply to the neck pains it could only be a partial diagnosis...

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