National Life Ins. Co. of America v. Hedgecoth, 6 Div. 216

CourtAlabama Court of Appeals
Writing for the CourtBROWN, P.J.
Citation77 So. 422,16 Ala.App. 272
Docket Number6 Div. 216
Decision Date20 November 1917

77 So. 422

16 Ala.App. 272


6 Div. 216

Court of Appeals of Alabama

November 20, 1917

Rehearing Denied Dec. 18, 1917

Appeal from City Court of Bessemer; J.C.B. Gwin, Judge.

Action by Nathan O. Hedgecoth against the National Life Insurance Company of America. Judgment for plaintiff, and defendant appeals. Affirmed.

Certiorari denied 77 So. 1000.

Plaintiff sued defendant for the amount covered by the policy due him by reason of confinement on account of sickness during the months of December, 1914, and January and February, 1915. Plea A is that in the application for the policy the following provision occurs:

"I hereby apply to the National Life Insurance Company *** for a policy to be based upon the following representation of facts."

And defendant avers that one of the representations made in said application was that insured had never had or been affected with any kind of heart disease or kidney trouble or kidney disease, and defendant avers that this was a material representation, and was fraudulently made by defendant, in order to procure the policy here sued on, and such misrepresentation was made with actual intent to deceive, and was false, and the matter misrepresented increased the risk of loss, wherefore defendant is not indebted to plaintiff in any sum, having paid into court all premiums, and the policy for which was paid by plaintiff. Pleas 2, 3, 7, 8, and B set these same matters up by way of misrepresentations and warranties, and that same formed a part of the policy contract. The matters set up in plea 4 was that insured was not disabled from performing all his duties for seven consecutive days, as is required by the provisions of the policy.

(5) The alleged disability for which plaintiff seeks to recover was contracted and begun before the policy became effective
(6) Notice of the alleged disability for which plaintiff seeks to recover was not given within the time required by the terms and provisions of the policy contract sued on wherefore plaintiff is estopped to now claim indemnity thereunder.
(C) The alleged disability was not caused solely by disease or illness which began during the life of the policy, or after 30 days from the date thereof, but that the alleged illness for which indemnity is claimed had its incipiency long before the policy was issued.

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  • Travelers' Ins. Co. v. Whitman
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • 28 Noviembre 1918
    ...L.I. Co. v. Goodman, 196 Ala. 304, 71 So. 409; Amer. Nat. Ins. Co. v. Moore, 14 Ala.App. 413, 415, 70 So. 190; Nat. L.I. Co. v. Hedgecoth (App.) 77 So. 422. defense of the misrepresentation made by assured in the application for insurance, on which instant policy issued, was sought to be pr......
  • Berkowitz v. Farrell
    • United States
    • Alabama Court of Appeals
    • 10 Abril 1923
    ...... Stowe, 15 Ala. App. 293, 73 So. 202; National Life. Insurance Co. v. Hedgecoth, 16 Ala. App. 272, 77 So. ......
  • Lindsey v. Barton, 6 Div. 209
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • 14 Enero 1954
    ...the plaintiff was permanently disabled. Life & Casualty Ins. Co. v. Bell, 235 Ala. 548, 180 So. 573; National Life Ins. Co. of America v. Hedgecoth, 16 Ala. App. 272, 77 So. 422; State Realty Co. v. Ligon, 218 Ala. 541, 119 So. The competency vel non of that testimony aside, however, substa......
  • Graham v. Wall
    • United States
    • Alabama Court of Appeals
    • 18 Diciembre 1917
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