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Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, Ninth District, Beaumont
May 24, 1979
[*261] Appellants Broussard and International Galvanizers, Inc., (Galvanizers) filed this suit against St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company (St. Paul) and Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company (Lumbermens) to recover the sum of $57,233.66, which sum [*262] Broussard had previously recovered in a judgment against Galvanizers. In a non-jury trial the court, based upon an agreed statement of facts, entered a take nothing judgment, from which judgment Broussard and Galvanizers appeal.
Broussard sustained a serious personal injury on July 31, 1970, on the premises of Galvanizers while helping to load a flatbed trailer with steel pipe, such trailer being owned by Galvanizers. Broussard and Industrial Labor Supply, Inc., were covered by a Texas Employers Insurance Association policy of worker's compensation insurance. Broussard filed a worker's compensation case against such insurance carrier and subsequently settled his claim against Texas Employers.
On March 17, 1972, Broussard filed a third party action against Galvanizers. The defense of this action was tendered by Galvanizers to St. [**2] Paul and Lumbermens. St. Paul had issued an automobile liability policy to David Dean, President of Galvanizers, and Lumbermens had issued to Galvanizers a comprehensive general liability policy. St. Paul and Lumbermens, after obtaining reservation of rights agreements, filed their answers in this case and subsequently withdrew their answers and defenses to such suit, and Galvanizers then assumed its own defense. On November 3, 1975, Broussard obtained a judgment against Galvanizers for the sum of $57,233.66. On February 22, 1977, Broussard and Galvanizers brought this suit against St. Paul and Lumbermens seeking to recover such sum under their policies.
Appellants Broussard and Galvanizers' first point complains of error by the trial court in "ruling that Dean and International Galvanizers did not have 'good cause' for late notice of the accident." Under the agreed statement of facts, it was agreed and stipulated by the parties that Broussard sustained serious injuries on July 31, 1970, which required hospitalization for over a month and medical treatment for several years; that Dean, President of Galvanizers, learned of Broussard's accident and injuries on the same day but did [**3] not give notice of the accident to St. Paul or Lumbermens until he was served with suit papers in March 1972, some twenty months later; that no other representative of Galvanizers gave notice of such accident to St. Paul or Lumbermens prior to March 1972; and, that the only reason that Dean did not report the accident any sooner was because Broussard was being taken care of by his worker's compensation carrier.
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582 S.W.2d 261 *; 1979 Tex. App. LEXIS 3804 **
K. Broussard, et al, Appellants v. Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, et al. Appellees
Disposition: [**1] Affirmed.
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