Potts v. Lowery

Citation134 So.2d 474,242 Miss. 300
Decision Date20 November 1961
Docket NumberNo. 42030,42030
PartiesHugh POTTS, d.b.a. Potts Motor Company and Fidelity & Casualty Company of New York. v. H. C. LOWERY.
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Mississippi

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134 So.2d 474
242 Miss. 300
Hugh POTTS, d.b.a. Potts Motor Company and Fidelity &
Casualty Company of New York.
No. 42030.
Supreme Court of Mississippi.
Nov. 20, 1961.

[242 MISS 301] Watkins & Eager, Shelby Rogers, Jackson, George Thornton, Kosciusko, for appellants.

[242 MISS 303] Crawley & Ford, Kosciusko, for appellee.

[242 MISS 305] LEE, Presiding Justice.

This is an appeal by Hugh Potts, d. b. a. Potts Motor Company, and its insurer from a judgment of the circuit court which affirmed an order of the Workmen's Compensation Commission, awarding to H. C. Lowery permanent partial compensation and other incidental benefits under the provisions of the workmen's compensation law.

It will be obvious, from a statement of the facts, that the claimant is clearly entitled to the benefits which were awarded to him. The solution of the problem here depends

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on the simple question as to whether this liability rests on the appellant-insurer or the succeeding carrier, which assumed coverage on this business on April 20, 1958, after the appellant-carrier had cancelled its policy thereon.

It is contention of the appellant-insurer that the effect of the original injury to the claimant had abated and was dormant at the time of its cancellation; that thereafter the disability and operation, for which the claimant was awarded benefits, resulted from a re-injury or aggravation of his preexisting condition; and, for that reason, it is not liable for payment of such benefits.

H. C. Lowery, forty-seven years of age, was an experienced mechanic. He had been employed for several years in that capacity by Potts Motor Company. On Friday, May 24, 1957, While repairing an automobile, the two-foot can, upon which he was standing, slipped from under him and caused him to fall upon the motor [242 MISS 306] of the car. At that time, he felt 'something popping' in his neck. Although he suffered some discomfiture, he finished the day's work and also worked a part of the following day. On Sunday, he entered the hospital in Kosciusko and he was visited that day by appellant, Hugh Potts. Dr. Paul E. Mink, after a thorough exammination, diagnosed the trouble as a protruding intervertebral disc, and placed the patient in traction. Realizing that this case was properly one for a specialist, the doctor referred him to Dr. Orlando J. Andy, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson; and on May 31st, the patient was transferred to that hospital. Dr. Andy, from his examination, found that Lowery had suffered a ruptured cervical disc. X-rays and studies confirmed that the trouble was between the sixth and seventh cervical discs. Dr. Andy, being of the opinion that the chances were fifty-fifty that successful treatment could be effected by therapy with traction and without operative procedure at the time, adopted that course and pursued the same for a period of ten days.

Lowery was then permitted to return home where he continued to wear a collar on his neck and traction by weights on his limbs. His condition worsened, and, on June 21st, he was hospitalized for treatment until July 3rd. Under advice of his doctors to perform light work with great care, he returned to the job the latter part of July and was so engaged for about three months. In November, during a four-day period, he was unable to work at all. From time to time, including October 21st Dr. Mink had observed the existence of the same symptoms.

Milton Moore, a fellow worker, who gave corroboration as to the manner in which the accident occurred, observed that Lowery appeared to have lost part of the use of his neck and shoulders, and said that he complained all of the time about his trouble. In his opinion, [242 MISS 307] Lowery's capability to work had been affected forty to fifty percent. Hugh Ellington, the company service manager, estimated that Lowery's ability to perform had been impaired twenty-five percent, and said that he often complained of pain and would be out, and that his condition seemed to be chronic.

At all times during his work, and even on other occasions, Lowery wore the collar for support of his neck, and, nearly every night, kept himself in traction at home. During the period from the date of the injury until the time of his operation, and subsequently, it was necessary for him to take large amounts of aspirin, B. C.'s, and, at times, narcotics,...

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