An attorney's statement, i.e., "he did not show up" is sufficient to support EUO defenseApril 8, 2012
Viviane Etienne Med. Care, P.C. v State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2012 NY Slip Op 50579(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2012)
“Defendant also submitted an affirmation from one of the attorneys who was responsible for conducting the EUOs at issue, which established that plaintiff had failed to appear at either of the duly scheduled EUOs”
The latest line of attack in the IME no show and EUO no show wars has been the allegation that the affiant did not set forth a sufficiently detailed affidavit, proving that the claimant failed to attend his EUO’s.
In the case where the partner at the law firm swears out an affidavit that the Claimant did not show based upon the firm’s business practices, this is correct. Where the affidavit, however, is based upon the affidavit of the person hired to conduct the EUO or IME, this type of elaborate business practice is not necessary. Rather, a perfunctory attestation that the affiant was there and the Claimant failed to show would be sufficient.