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Title:
Guzman v. Maryland Cas. Co.
Date:
July 14, 1937
Citation:
130 Tex. 62
Court:
Texas Supreme Court
Status:
Published Opinion

Guzman v. Maryland Cas. Co.

Supreme Court of Texas.

GUZMAN

v.

MARYLAND CASUALTY CO.

No. 6898.

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July 14, 1937.

Attorneys & Firms

*62 **356 Jones & Kirkham and John J. Pichinson, all of Corpus Christi, for plaintiff in error.

*63 R. H. Mercer, of San Antonio, for defendant in error.

Opinion

SHARP, Justice.

This case arose under the Workmen’s Compensation Law (article 8306 et seq., Vernon’s Ann.Civ.St.). Arturo Guzman was an employee of the Corpus Christi Warehouse & Storage Company, and died while in the course of his employment. The Marylnd Casualty Company was the insurer. Maryland Casualty Company was the insurer. wife of Arturo Guzman, brought this action to recover compensation for the death of Arturo Guzman. She recovered judgment for the sum of $2,144.26, with interest thereon **357 at 6 per cent. per annum. The Maryland Casualty Company appealed to the Court of Civil Appeals, and the judgment of the trial court was reversed and the cause remanded. 79 S.W. (2d) 330, 331. We refer to the opinion of the Court of Civil Appeals for a more detailed statement of the facts involved. A writ of error was granted.

Plaintiff in error, on the hand, contends that the Court of Civil Appeals erred in holding that there was no finding by the jury that the employee’s death was caused by accidental injury incurred in the course of his employment, because under the issues submitted to the jury such finding was clearly made by the jury. Defendant in error, on the other hand, contends that plaintiff in error was not entitled to recover, in the absence of any jury finding, or request therefor by plaintiff in error, that Arthro Guzman’s death was cause by accidental injury occurring in the course of his employment.

*64 The case was submitted to the jury on special issues. Among other, the following three special issues were submitted to the jury:

Special Issue No. 5: ‘Do you find from a preponderance of the evidence that Arturo Guzman, on or about April 6th, 1933, received an injury in the course of his employment?’ Answer: ‘Yes.’

Special Issue No. 9: ‘Do you find from a preponderance of the evidence that the death of Arturo Guzman was due to a cause other than an injury sustained by him while engaged in the performance of his duties for the Corpus Christi Warehouse & Storage Company?’ Answer: ‘No.’

Special Issue No. 10: ‘Do you find from a preponderance of the evidence that the death of Arturo Guzman was due to a heart disease of long duration?’ Answer: ‘No.’

At the request of counsel for defendant in error the court submitted to the jury special issues Nos. 9 and 10, above described. In addition, the following special issues were also requested by counsel for defendant in error:

Special Issue No. 7: ‘Do you find from the preponderance of the evidence that the sole cause of Arturo Guzman’s death was due to a heart disease? Answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No.“

Special Issue No. 2: ‘Do you find from the preponderance of the evidence that the death of Arturo Guzman was caused by accidental injury? Answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No.“

The trial court refused both of the special issues requested aforesaid.

The law places the burden on the claimant to allege and prove his right to compensation. The insurance company had the right to have affirmatively submitted its issues of defense raised by the pleadings and the evidence. In this case counsel for the insurance company requested several issues to be submitted to the jury, as above indicated. The trial court submitted some of the issues, and refused others.

*65 This court has settled the rule that liability for damages for personal injuries arising under the Compensation Law cannot be defeated by showing that the person injured was not a well person at the time of the injury. Nor will a recovery for such compensation be denied although it may appear that the injury received was aggravated by the effect of some disease existing at the time of the injury or occurring afterwards. Commercial Standard Ins. Co. v. Noack (Tex.Com.App.) 62 S.W.(2d) 74.

The jury found, in answer to questions submitted, (a) that Guzman received an injury in the scope of his employment, and (b) that death was not due to any cause other than an injury sustained by him while engaged in the performance of his duties as an employee of the Corpus Christi Warehouse & Storage Company. We think that these findings are sufficient to sustain the judgment of the trial court. The trial court having given the issues as requested by defendant in error, that company is not now in position to complain of the court for refusing to submit other issues, more specific in terms, relating to the same question. Where the requested issues relate to the same ground of recovery or matter of defense, and are requested at the same time, but couched in different language, the trial court may give some and refuse others. In other words, defendant in error is not entitled to request the submission of two or more issues, relating to the same question, and then complain that the court gave one of its requested issues and refused to give the others. Texas & N. O. R. Co. v. Neill et al. (Tex.Sup.) 100 S.W.(2d) 348. See 41 Texas Jur. s 246, p. 1051, and cases cited.

The judgment of the Court of Civil Appeals is reversed, and that of the trial court is affirmed.

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