Michael R. Baker, Plaintiff, v. Miami University Defendant.

No. 2005-06309-AD.Court of Claims of Ohio.
September 15, 2005.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This case is unpublished as indicated by the issuing court.]

Michael R. Baker, 4104 Wood Street, Norwood, Ohio 45212, Plaintiff, Pro se.

Paul S. Allen, Court of Claims Coordinator, Miami University, Roudebush Hall Room 14, Oxford, Ohio 45056, for Defendant.

MEMORANDUM DECISION FINDINGS OF FACT {¶ 1} 1) On May 3, 2005, plaintiff, Michael R. Baker, filed a complaint against defendant, Miami University, alleging his automobile was damaged as a result of negligence on the part of defendant’s employee in operating a university owned vehicle.

{¶ 2} 2) Plaintiff seeks damages in the amount of $500.00, his insurance coverage deductible for automotive repair, plus $25.00 for filing fee reimbursement.

{¶ 3} 3) On August 15, 2005, defendant filed an investigation report admitting liability for plaintiff property damage, but asserting his recovery should be limited to his insurance coverage deductible amount.

CONCLUSIONS OF LAW {¶ 4} 1) Defendant was charged with a duty to exercise reasonable care for the protection of plaintiff’s property. In regard to the facts of this claim negligence on the part of defendant has been shown. Baisden v. Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (1977), 76-0617-AD; Stewart v. Ohio National Guard (1979), 78-0342-AD;

{¶ 5} 2) R.C. 3345.40(B)(2) states in pertinent part:

{¶ 6} If a plaintiff receives or is entitled to receive benefits for injuries or loss allegedly incurred from a policy or policies of insurance or any other source, the benefits shall be disclosed to the court, and the amount of the benefits shall be deducted from any award against the state university or college recovered by plaintiff.”

{¶ 7} Thus, pursuant to the statutory requirement of R.C. 3345.40(B)(2), compensation for the automotive repair expenses shall be limited to $500.00, plaintiff’s stated insurance deductible.

{¶ 8} 3) Plaintiff has suffered damages in the amount of $500.00, plus the $25.00 filing fee, which may be reimbursed as compensable damages pursuant to the holding in Bailey v. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (1990), 62 Ohio Misc. 2d 19.

Having considered all the evidence in the claim file and, for the reasons set forth in the memorandum decision filed concurrently herewith, judgment is rendered in favor of plaintiff in the amount of $525.00, which includes the filing fee. Court costs are assessed against defendant. The clerk shall serve upon all parties notice of this judgment and its date of entry upon the journal.