Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mass. Appellate Division holds that failure to attend two IME's after notification by mail sufficient to deny PIP claim

Arbella Mutual Insurance Company denied PIP payments to Chiropractic Care Centers, Inc. when its patient, Arbella's insured, failed to attend two scheduled independent medical examination.

In Chiropractic Care Centers, Inc. v. Arbella Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 5830706 (Mass. App. Div.), the Massachusetts Appellate Division held that the insured's failure to appear for the IMEs after being notified of them by letter was a wilful failure to attend, justifying denial of PIP payments to Chiropractic Care.

The court noted that under Massachusetts law, the mailing of a properly addressed letter constitutes prima facie evidence of the intended recipient's receipt of the mailing. 

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