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What is the Collateral Source Doctrine

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 07, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Medical bills incurred after a serious injury from a car crash, slip and fall incident or other accident can be shockingly high, especially if the treatment for those injuries involves overnight hospital stays, surgery, or other extended care. If the accident that caused your injuries was the result of another party's negligence, you may be able to seek injury compensation from them or their insurance company to pay those medical bills as well as for other expenses and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. One factor that is not often mentioned in discussions of personal injury lawsuits, however, is the injured person's medical insurance. Most people carry insurance that pays some or all of their medical bills when they seek treatment for an injury, so how does that insurance interact with the damages recovered from a negligent party's insurance company? The answer is a little complicated, and is governed by a legal principle call the collateral source doctrine.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Slip and Fall, injury compensation, collateral source doctrine

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