The 'collateral rule' nixed by the Supremes in Ohio

The collateral rule is a source of aggravation to defendant physicians in liability cases and serves as a windfall for plaintiffs/attorneys. Prior to the current Ohio Supreme Court ruling, defendants were not allowed to present actual plaintiff medical bills which may have been paid by their insurance. That meant that plaintiffs could ‘double dip’ by collecting damages (if they won) for medical bills (even if the costs were lower than the original billed amount) that were already paid by their insurer. Ohio Justices ruled that nobody actually paid the difference between charges and collected amounts (write offs) and that defendants could submit evidence about reasonable value of damages that could be rightfully collected by plaintiffs. 
Comment: This is one of several rulings by the Ohio Supreme’s that have gone the way Physician groups have pushed for. The Ohio Assn for Justice (re-named from Ohio Trial Lawyers Assn) of course protested that the plaintiffs deserved the full ‘fair market’ value of medical services (translate to charges). Of course this means the defendants collect lesser amounts and therefore their lawyers collect less also. Ohio Physicians have come together over the past ten years with our State medical association to make this happen.