A bill that critics say seeks to lower court-mandated damage costs awarded to victims of accidents by taking certain insurance costs from the total compensation package was introduced at the Wisconsin State Assembly in February.
Republican State Assembly Representative Andre Jacques proposed Assembly Bill 29, a piece of legislation that meant to “basically deal with phantom damages or people being compensated for costs that they never incurred.”
In essence, the bill would make it possible for defendants to let the judge and/or jury to see “collateral source payments,” or bill covered by insurance companies. This could potentially reduce the amount of damages that a judge and/or jury might require the defendant to pay. Critics claim that this is unfair to plaintiffs because it essential punishes them for paying for the security that insurance can offer.
At the moment, such documents are not admissible in court.
As the victim of an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to obtain financial compensation. Call 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options for pursuing such compensation. The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can explain your situation and legal recourse to you in-depth.