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Recent Court Decision Regarding the Collateral Source Rule

On August 18, 2011, a decision came down from the California Supreme Court in Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, No. S179115. This decision set a limit on the defendant’s liability for special medical damages and the amounts recoverable by a plaintiff. This means that, where a medical provider has accepted as full payment of his/her bill a lesser sum pursuant to a pre-existing contract with the injured person’s health insurer, only the amount actually paid will be recoverable as economic damages, not the larger amount originally billed.

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