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WAINWRIGHT v. ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY et al complaint

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SCHUTT LAW FIRM, P.L.C.
Kenneth W. Schutt, Jr. /007497
9375 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 100
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
(480) 225-7777
(480) 779-1345 (Facsimile)
kenschutt@cox.net
Attorneys for Plaintiff
IN THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
COMES NOW Plaintiff Robert E. Wainwright (hereinafter “Plaintiff” or
“Wainwright”) and submits his Complaint against Defendant Ace American Insurance
Company (hereinafter “ACE” or “Defendant”), as follows:
PARTIES, VENUE AND JURISDICTION
1. Plaintiff Wainwright is, and at all times relevant hereto, was a citizen and resident
of the State of Arizona, wherein he engaged in a business transaction with
Defendant.
2. On information and belief, Defendant ACE is and, at all times relevant hereto, was
a Pennsylvania corporation, authorized to do business in the State of Arizona.
3. This Court has original subject matter jurisdiction of the federal claims pursuant to
supplemental jurisdiction of the state claims pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332.
ROBERT E. WAINWRIGHT, individually,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY,
a Pennsylvania corporation; ABC
CORPORATIONS I-X; XYZ PARTNERSHIPS
I-X; JOHN DOES I-X; and JANE DOES I-X,
Defendants.
Case No.:
COMPLAINT
JURY TRIAL DEMANDED
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4. Venue is proper in this District under 28 U.S.C. § 1391.
GENERAL ALLEGATIONS
5. Plaintiff was an independent contractor of Swift Transportation Co., Inc. on
September 12, 2009.
6. As such, Plaintiff was covered under a Occupational Accident Insurance
Agreement, specifically Occupational Accident Plan A, Policy Number
TOCN01303533 (hereinafter “Policy”).
7. On September 12, 2009, Plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident, while
working as an independent contractor for Swift Transportation Co., Inc.
8. Among other things, under the Policy, Plaintiff was to receive (1) payment of
medical expenses incurred in connection with an accident, (2) payment of
temporary total disability benefits under the Policy, and (3) payment of permanent
total disability benefits under the Policy.
FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION
BREACH OF CONTRACT
9. Paragraphs 1-8 are hereby incorporated by this reference in support of this cause
of action as though fully set forth herein.
10. Plaintiff Wainwright and Defendant ACE entered into a contract, namely the
Policy.
11. Defendant ACE agreed that it would timely provide to Plaintiff the benefits
identified in the Policy.
12. Despite Demand, Defendant ACE did not pay all the reasonable medical expenses
covered by the Policy that were incurred by Plaintiff as a direct and proximate
result of the accident.
13. Defendant ACE did pay Plaintiff for temporary total disability benefits owed to
Plaintiff under the Policy.
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14. Despite Demand, Defendant ACE has not paid any of the permanent total
disability benefits owed to Plaintiff under the Policy.
15. The Social Security Administration (hereinafter “SSA”) made a formal
determination that Plaintiff is totally disabled. Pursuant to the request of ACE, the
entire SSA file of Plaintiff was delivered to ACE at the insistence of Plaintiff,
establishing for ACE the basis for the SSA finding of total disability.
16. Plaintiff has forwarded to Defendant ACE all medical bills incurred by him.
17. Defendant ACE has failed and refused to fulfill its obligation under the Policy
despite Plaintiffs having substantially fulfilled all his duties under the Policy and
having met all Policy conditions to such payments.
18. Defendant ACE has breached its contract with Plaintiff, and as a direct and
proximate result, Plaintiff has incurred multi-faceted damages.
19. Plaintiff did not get the benefits of the bargain for which he paid.
20. Plaintiff has incurred significant pain and suffering as a result of the failure of
ACE to authorize covered medical expenses.
21. Plaintiff has suffered damage to his credit and severe emotional distress as a direct
and proximate result of being deprived of benefits to which he is entitled under the
Policy.
DAMAGES IN GENERAL
22. As a direct and proximate result of Defendant ACE’s having breached its contract
with Plaintiff, as reflected in the Policy, Plaintiff Wainwright has incurred multi-
faceted, substantial, and ongoing damages and losses, including, but not limited to,
unpaid medical expenses, unpaid temporary total disability benefits, unpaid
permanent total disability payments, severe physical pain as a result of the failure
to pay for medical benefits and Plaintiff’s inability to receive the medical care he
needed, severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and damage to
credit. Plaintiffs are, thus, entitled to significant compensatory damages.
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PRAYER FOR RELIEF
Wherefore, for the First Cause of Action, Plaintiff requests a trial by Jury and
prays that a judgment be entered in his favor as follows:
A. For compensatory damages against Defendant ACE in an amount to
be determined at a jury trial, but not less than $200,000.00;
B. Attorney’s fees and costs;
C. Interest at the highest legal rate from the date first recoverable until
paid in full; and
D. Such other and further relief as the Court deems fair and just.
SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION
BAD FAITH: BREACH OF IMPLIED CONVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND
FAIR DEALING BY DEFENDANT ACE
23. Paragraphs 1-21 are hereby incorporated by this reference in support of this cause
of action as though fully set forth herein.
24. Defendant ACE and Plaintiff entered into a contract for insurance benefits.
25. Defendant ACE had a duty to deal at all times with Plaintiff fairly and in good
faith.
26. Defendant ACE breached this duty (1) through its failure to properly pay for
reasonable and necessary medical expenses; (2) through its failure to pay for the
temporary total disability benefits to which Plaintiff was entitled, (3) through its
failure to pay for the permanent total disability benefits to which Plaintiff was
entitled, (4) through its delayed investigation and analysis of Plaintiff’s claims, (5)
through its denial of benefits for medical care costs; (6) through its unreasonable
and bullying type tactics designed specifically to humiliate Plaintiff and (7)
through its refusal to promptly provide to Plaintiff all of the benefits under the
Policy to which he was entitled.
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27. Defendant’s acts and omissions violated the duty of good faith and fair dealing
owed to Plaintiff under the Policy.
28. Defendant intentionally deprived Plaintiff of his benefits under the Policy at a time
when he needed the benefits the most.
29. Defendant acted with an evil mind, placing its desire for profits above the rights of
one of its insureds.
30. Defendant’s acts and omissions violated the duty of good faith and fair dealing
owed to Plaintiff under the Policy.
31. As a direct and proximate result of Defendant ACE’s having breached its duty,
Plaintiff has incurred multi-faceted damages.
32. Defendant is liable to Plaintiff for punitive damages.
DAMAGES IN GENERAL
33. As a direct and proximate result of Defendant ACE’s having breached its duty
owed to Plaintiff, Plaintiff has incurred multi-faceted, substantial, and ongoing
damages and losses, including, but not limited to physical pain and suffering,
severe emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation. Plaintiffs are, thus,
entitled to significant compensatory damages in an amount to be proved at trial,
but not less than $200,000.00.
34. In addition to the entitlement of significant compensatory damages, Plaintiff are
each entitled to significant punitive damages from Defendant ACE: Defendant
ACE engaged in conduct that was intentional, and performed with an evil mind
and attitude toward Plaintiff.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
Wherefore, for the Second Cause of Action, Plaintiff requests a trial by Jury and
prays that a judgment be entered in his favor as follows:
A. For compensatory damages against Defendant ACE in an amount to be
determined at a jury trial, but not less than $200,000.00;
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B. For punitive or exemplary damages against Defendant ACE in an amount to
be determined at a jury trial;
C. Attorney’s fees and costs;
D. Interest at the highest legal rate from the date first recoverable until paid in
full; and
E. Such other and further relief as the Court deems fair and just.
RESPECTFULLY submitted this 29
th
day of September 2015.
SCHUTT LAW FIRM, P.L.C.
By /s/ Kenneth W. Schutt, Jr.
Kenneth W. Schutt, Jr.
9375 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 100
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
Attorneys for Plaintiff
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