In a recent decision regarding the collateral source rule, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a Plaintiff is entitled to recover the full amount of medical bills even the amount actually paid by Medicare and Medicaid was less than the full amount. The decision came following a trial court decision to reduce the amount of damages awarded by the jury to amount of medical expenses actually paid. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed because the collateral source rule applies even if bills are paid by government agencies instead of private insurance. This decision is a victory for all Plaintiffs whose compensation would be limited by unpaid medical bills.
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