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SMITH v. ROCKWOOD INS. CO.

May 3, 1988

Eddie Smith, Plaintiff
v.
Rockwood Insurance Company and Crawford & Company, Defendants



The opinion of the court was delivered by: WOODS

 HENRY WOODS, United States District Judge.

 Defendants Rockwood Insurance Company and Crawford and Company and plaintiff Eddie Smith have motions for summary judgment now before the Court.

 As stated by the United States Supreme Court, in Poller v. Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., 368 U.S. 464, 467, 82 S. Ct. 486, 488, 7 L. Ed. 2d 458 (1962):

 
Summary judgment should be entered only when the pleadings, depositions, affidavits, and admissions filed in the case "show that . . . there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law." Rule 56(c), Fed. Rules Civ. Proc.

 In compliance with Local Rule 29, the parties have submitted statements of the material facts as to which they contend there is no genuine issue to be tried. Based on the statements of the parties, and for the sole purpose of consideration of these motions, we accept the following facts as true, and turn now to the defendants' motions for summary judgment.

 
2. Defendant Rockwood Insurance Company was the workers' compensation insurance carrier for Royal Floor Covering at the time of plaintiff's injury.
 
3. Defendant Crawford and Company was the insurance adjuster which the insurance carrier employed on plaintiff's claim.
 
4. Defendants caused repeated delays in payment of temporary total disability benefits when the plaintiff was clearly entitled to the benefits, despite plaintiff's repeated demands for payment.
 
5. Defendants failed to pay temporary total disability benefits when the plaintiff was clearly entitled to the benefits, and despite plaintiff's repeated demands for payment.
 
6. Defendants failed to pay permanent disability benefits, after the assignment of a permanent medical impairment rating by his physician, plaintiff being clearly entitled to the benefits, and making repeated demands for payment.
 
7. Defendants delayed payment of certain medical bills and refused to pay for hospitalization for plaintiff despite an Administrative Law Judge's Order to do so, filing a frivolous, meritless appeal to the Administrative Law Judge's Order in an effort to delay plaintiff's hospitalization, all done despite plaintiff's being clearly entitled to payment and despite repeated demands for payment.
 
8. Defendants, through their agent, servant, or employee, Melanie Zumstein, an employee of Crawford and Company, established grossly inadequate reserves despite knowledge that the ...

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