Matthew Passen Publishes Article Discussing Illinois Supreme Court’s Expansion of the Collateral Source Rule.
The collateral source rule is an evidentiary rule that prohibits the admission of evidence that a victim’s damages were paid by some source other than the negligent defendants. For example, in an Illinois Personal Injury action, evidence that the injured plaintiff’s medical bills were paid by an insurance company is inadmissible, and cannot serve to reduce the damages awarded against the defendants. Mr. Passen recently published an article in the Chicago Bar Association’s “CBA Record” publication discussing the Illinios collateral source rule. Specifically, Mr. Passen examines a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision, Wills v. Foster, in which the Court answers several questions regarding the collateral source rule that were previously unanswered. Mr. Passen discusses the impact this case will have for Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers and civil practitioners.