Bongiorno v State Farm Ins. Co.
2009 NY Slip Op 50860(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2009)
This case is not remarkable in any way, except according to my calculations, it is the first time a judge in Civil Richmond was overturned on a denied lack of medical necessity summary judgment motion. Actually, I think it is the first time I have seen an appeal from Civil Richmond in a no-fault case in awhile.
Defense attorneys in some courts are told that medical necessity summary judgment motions are not welcome and will be summarily denied.
My hope is that some of the holdout judges in the Second Department, who refuse to grant summary judgment to a carrier’s lack of medical necessity motion-when same is not rebutted with any affirmative medical proof- will now follow suit.
Time will tell, as will more appeals should the rule of law not be followed.
Note – this reference does not apply to the First Department – as of now