Jackson v. Hodges

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62 S.E.2d 326 (1950)

232 N.C. 694


No. 451.

Supreme Court of North Carolina.

November 22, 1950.

Sam J. Morris, Raleigh, for plaintiff, appellant.

Allen Langston, Raleigh, for defendant, appellee, Jr. O.U.A.M.

STACY, Chief Justice.

The plaintiff undoubtedly suffered an adverse judgment in the Superior Court because no clear, succinct statement of the facts was made in that court, as none appears on the record here. And we may add that neither brief contains such a statement.

Repeated perusals of the record reveal these central facts:

1. The contract of insurance is admitted. It was issued to plaintiff by the defendant on March 31, 1932.

2. Sick benefits for total and permanent disability were paid thereunder for four years beginning in 1937.

3. Payments were then stopped or suspended and additional proof of disability required.

4. Additional proof was furnished and payments were resumed for a period of four months. (Dates not ascertainable from the record.)

5. Payments were again stopped or suspended and additional proof of disability demanded. These were furnished, but payments were not resumed. (Dates not ascertainable from record.)

6. This suit was instituted March 29, 1947, for 13 months' sick benefit, arrearage and certain premiums.

7. The only question debated on the hearing and here was and is the plaintiff "totally and permanently disabled by bodily injury or disease, so that he is and will be permanently, continuously and wholly prevented thereby from performing any work whatsoever for compensation, gain or profit, or from following any gainful occupation", in the language of the certificate of insurance? If this be answered in the affirmative, liability is conceded.

The plaintiff testified that he had been totally and permanently disabled from bodily injury or disease for 10 or 12 years, and his doctor testified: "In my opinion, he was at that time (January 1947), by reason of his illness, permanently, continuously and wholly prevented from doing any work whatsoever for compensation, gain or profit, or from following any gainful occupation".

*327 This evidence suffices to carry the case to the jury. True, there is other evidence tending to show the plaintiff's disability was neither total nor permanent, some from his own witnesses, but on demurrer, this is not to be considered. Howard v. Bell, N.C., 62 S.E.2d 323; Graham v. North Carolina Butane Gas Co., 231 N.C. 680, 58 S.E.2d 757. Discrepancies and contradictions, even in plaintiff's evidence, are for the twelve and not for the court. Williams v. Kirkman, N.C., 61 S.E.2d 706; Bailey v. Michael, 231 N.C. 404, 57 S.E.2d 372; Barlow v. City Bus Lines, 229 N.C. 382, 49 S.E.2d 793.