Penn v. Standard Acc. Ins. Co.

CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
Writing for the CourtBefore BERGAN
Citation4 A.D.2d 796,164 N.Y.S.2d 618
Decision Date23 July 1957
PartiesFred PENN, Appellant, v. STANDARD ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY, Respondent.

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164 N.Y.S.2d 618
4 A.D.2d 796
Fred PENN, Appellant,
v.
STANDARD ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY, Respondent.
Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department.
July 23, 1957.

Edward M. Segal, Albany, for plaintiff-appellant.

DeGraff, Foy, Conway & Holt-Harris, Albany, for respondent Standard Accident Ins. Co.

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Before BERGAN, J. P., and COON, HALPERN and GIBSON, JJ.

MEMORANDUM DECISION.

Appeal from an order of the Special Term, Albany County, dismissing the complaint.

The plaintiff suffered an accidental injury to his right leg on October 1, 1951, while in the employ of an employer insured by the defendant insurance company. An award of workmen's compensation benefits was made and duly paid; weekly benefits are still being paid to the plaintiff. An ulcer formed at the site of the wound on the plaintiff's right leg, which never completely healed despite repealed periods of treatment and hospitalization. On May 22, 1952, while the plaintiff was unemployed, he fell and injured his left leg. It was claimed that the second accident was due, at least in part, to the weakness of the right leg caused by the first accident but this was controverted by the employer and the defendant insurance carrier. The left leg became gangrenous and was amputated on September 27, 1952. The right leg continued to cause trouble and, on July 7, 1953, his physician recommended hospitalization but the hospital refused to admit the plaintiff, because of the large unpaid bill growing out of the injury to the left leg, unless the insurance carrier agreed in writing to pay the prospective hospital bill. A letter guaranteeing payment was signed by the defendant carrier on July 28, 1953, and the plaintiff was admitted to the [4 A.D.2d 797] hospital the next day. He remained in the hospital until September 21, 1953, when the ulcer seemed healed, but in December 1953, the ulcer reoccurred and further periods of hospitalization became necessary. Finally, in June, 1954, the ulcer reopened and could not be controlled and on June 22, 1954, a mid-leg amputation was made of the right leg. It is alleged by the plaintiff that the delay in hospitalization for 21 days in July, 1953, aggravated the plaintiff's condition and made the treatment of the ulcer more difficult and ultimately resulted in the need for amputation of the right leg.

The theory of the complaint is that the defendant was guilty of a breach of contract and a tort in causing the 21-day delay in the...

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  • Deanda v. AIU INS., No. 98,986.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • June 29, 2004
    ...Escobedo v. American Employers Ins. Co., 547 F.2d 544, (C.A.10 N.M.1977)(applying New Mexico law); Penn v. Standard Acci. Ins. Co., 4 A.D.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618, (3d Dept., 1957); Kuney v. PMA Ins. Co., 525 Pa. 171, 578 A.2d 1285, (Pa, 1990); Fry v. Atlantic States Ins. Co., 700 A.2d 974 ......
  • Russell v. Protective Ins. Co., No. 16966
    • United States
    • New Mexico Supreme Court of New Mexico
    • March 22, 1988
    ...Co., 556 P.2d 525 (Alaska 1976); Hays v. Aetna Fire Underwriters, 187 Mont. 148, 609 P.2d 257 (1980); Penn v. Standard Accident Ins. Co., 4 A.D.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618 Jurisdictions which have allowed recovery have done so on the following grounds, each of which is supportive of our decisi......
  • Zurich Ins. Co. v. Mitchell, Nos. 85-SC-643-D
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (Kentucky)
    • June 12, 1986
    ...by an employee against his employer or its insurance carrier. The majority view can be traced to Penn v. Standard Accident Ins. Co., 4 A.D.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618 (1957). Robertson v. Travelers Insurance Co., 95 Ill.2d 441, 69 Ill.Dec. 954, 448 N.E.2d 866 (1983), which analyses both the ma......
  • Hormann v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., Nos. 56184
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Kansas
    • October 26, 1984
    ...available to an employee for claims against his employer or insurer. New York, in Penn v. Standard Accident Ins. Co., 4 App.Div.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618 (1957), found that its statute abolished all other statutory and common law rights against the employer or insurer. In Whitten v. American......
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9 cases
  • Deanda v. AIU INS., No. 98,986.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • June 29, 2004
    ...Escobedo v. American Employers Ins. Co., 547 F.2d 544, (C.A.10 N.M.1977)(applying New Mexico law); Penn v. Standard Acci. Ins. Co., 4 A.D.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618, (3d Dept., 1957); Kuney v. PMA Ins. Co., 525 Pa. 171, 578 A.2d 1285, (Pa, 1990); Fry v. Atlantic States Ins. Co., 700 A.2d 974 ......
  • Russell v. Protective Ins. Co., No. 16966
    • United States
    • New Mexico Supreme Court of New Mexico
    • March 22, 1988
    ...Co., 556 P.2d 525 (Alaska 1976); Hays v. Aetna Fire Underwriters, 187 Mont. 148, 609 P.2d 257 (1980); Penn v. Standard Accident Ins. Co., 4 A.D.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618 Jurisdictions which have allowed recovery have done so on the following grounds, each of which is supportive of our decisi......
  • Zurich Ins. Co. v. Mitchell, Nos. 85-SC-643-D
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (Kentucky)
    • June 12, 1986
    ...by an employee against his employer or its insurance carrier. The majority view can be traced to Penn v. Standard Accident Ins. Co., 4 A.D.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618 (1957). Robertson v. Travelers Insurance Co., 95 Ill.2d 441, 69 Ill.Dec. 954, 448 N.E.2d 866 (1983), which analyses both the ma......
  • Hormann v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., Nos. 56184
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Kansas
    • October 26, 1984
    ...available to an employee for claims against his employer or insurer. New York, in Penn v. Standard Accident Ins. Co., 4 App.Div.2d 796, 164 N.Y.S.2d 618 (1957), found that its statute abolished all other statutory and common law rights against the employer or insurer. In Whitten v. American......
  • Request a trial to view additional results

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