Collateral Source Rule Reform: HB 5154 (1986).
Permits the admissibility of evidence of collateral source payments after
Permits the admissibility of evidence of collateral source payments after the verdict and before judgment is entered. Permits courts to offset awards, as long as a plaintiff’s damages are not reduced by more than the amount awarded for economic damages. The statute providing for the admissibility of collateral source payments in personal injury actions did not constitute an unconstitutional taking of property and did not violate the equal protection or right to jury trial provisions of the State Constitution. Heinz v. Chicago Road Investment Co., 549 N.W.2d 47 (Mich. App. 1996), appeal denied, 567 N.W.2d 250 (Mich. 1997).
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