In short the collateral source rule is a rule that basically the at-fault party can not reduce the amount of their liability in a matter because the injured party has insurance of any kind to help them pay for their damages.
Under the collateral source rule, health insurance can not be mentioned in a trial.
Well apparently that is changing in Califorina. San Diego personal injury attorny Ross Jurewitz has written an interesting blog with links to the California Supreme Court decision that will change and possibly elimiate the collateral source rule.
Unfortunately, the one thing that appears clear is that this will unfairly limit insurance companies’ liability. This decision must be looked at clearly because it can dramatically change everything and tilt the scales of justice toward the insurance companies.
Please visit Ross Jurewitz’s blog for more information.