IN RE ESTATE OF SYLVIA MARLENE TOLBERT ET AL. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 28, 2018

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andre´e S. Blumstein, Solicitor General; and Dawn Jordan, Senior Deputy Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Attorneys 2:

Phillip L. Davidson, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellees, Sylvia Marlene Tolbert and Alvin Wayne Tindell.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

Claimants asserted monetary claims against the State of Tennessee for personal injuries and property damage resulting from an automobile accident with a state employee. The Tennessee Claims Commission found the State liable and awarded compensatory damages. On appeal, the State argues that the Claims Commission erred in awarding damages for medical expenses based on the claimants’ unadjusted medical bills. Upon review, we conclude that the collateral source rule precludes introduction of evidence of insurance adjustments to claimants’ medical bills. Accordingly, we affirm.

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