In an action arising from injuries plaintiff sustained in a vehicle accident caused by the negligent driving of defendant's employee, grant of defendant's motion to reduce by $130,286.90 a jury's special verdict award for plaintiff's past injury-related medical related expenses to $59,691.73 is reversed and remanded where in a personal injury case in which the plaintiff has private health care insurance, the negotiated rate differential is a benefit within the meaning of the collateral source rule, and thus the plaintiff may recover the amount of the differential as part her recovery of economic damages for the past medical expenses she incurred for care and treatment of her injuries.
Filed November 23, 2009
Opinion by Judge Nares
For Appellant: LaFave & Rice, John J. Rice; Basile Law Firm, J. Jude Basile; Law Offices of J. Michael Vallee and J. Michael Vallee
For Appellee: Tyson & Mendes and Robert F. Tyson