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Denbow v. Standard Acc. Ins. Co.
November 13, 1946
145 Tex. 267
Texas Supreme Court
Published Opinion

Denbow v. Standard Acc. Ins. Co.

Supreme Court of Texas.




No. A-868.


Nov. 13, 1946.

Attorneys & Firms

*268 **651 Jimmy Phillips, of Angleton, and B. C. Johnson, of Houston, for petitioner.

Kemper & Cramer, John G. Cramer, and W. L. Kemper, all of Houston, for respondent.


SLATTON, Justice.

This case was first appealed to the Court of Civil Appeals at Galveston, and its opinion is reported in 143 Tex. 455, 186 S.W.2d 236. On the second trial the jury found as follows:

(a) That Denbow’s total disability from January 8, 1943, to February 20, 1943, was the result of injury to his body as well as an injury to his left wrist; (b) that following the termination of such total disability on February 20, 1943, he suffered partial disability; (c) that partial disability after February 20, 1943, was confined to his left wrist and did not result from any injury to any other portion of his body; (d) and that such wrist disability did not extend to or affect any other portion of his body; (e) that the partial disability to Denbow’s left wrist was permanent; (f) that it amounted to a 25% permanent partial disability to his left hand and wrist.

On these findings the trial court rendered judgment for Denbow for six weeks at the rate of $20 per week, and 144 weeks at the rate of $12.35 per week, less the sum of $140, which had theretofore been paid.

On appeal the Galveston Court of Civil Appeals reformed the judgment of the trial court and reduced the compensation rate from $12.35 per week to $5 per week, and rendered judgment for the permanent partial loss of use of the left wrist for the remaining 144 weeks. 193 S.W.2d 301.

The average weekly wage of Denbow was agreed to be $82.34.

Denbow makes two contentions in this Court. He insists that he is entitled to six weeks for temporary total at the rate of $20 per week and permanent partial for a period of 300 weeks at the rate of $12.35 per week, under 11 of Article 8306. He also insists that the Court of Civil Appeals erred in reducing the judgment to $5 per week for 144 weeks.

The first contention is without merit. The findings of the jury of total disability for a period of six weeks entitled Denbow to the maximum payment of $20 per week, regardless of the nature of his **652 injury, that is, whether general or specific. The finding of the jury to the effect that the injury to the wrist did not extend to other parts of the body limits Denbow’s right to a recovery for a specific injury to the wrist. Fidelity Union Casualty Co. v. Munday, Tex.Com.App., 44 S.W.2d 926, and authorities there cited.

His compensation must be calculated under Section 12 of Article 8306, which provides weekly compensation ‘for the loss of a hand, sixty per cent of the average weekly wage during one hundred and fifty weeks’.

In the case of Texas Employers’ Insurance Ass’n v. Holmes, Tex.Sup., 196 S.W.2d 390, the correct method of calculating compensation for a specific injury was decided by a majority of this Court to be in accordance with the method employed by the trial court. This opinion was handed down on June 19, 1946, and the motion for rehearing was overruled on October 9, 1946. It is now the settled law of this state.

Accordingly, we must reverse the judgment of the Court of Civil Appeals and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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