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Accident-Related Medical Bills Under Missouri Law

Recent developments in Missouri law have made it easier to establish the reasonable value of the medical bills that an injury victim has incurred following a vehicle accident. In a recent case, a St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge ruled that it was unconstitutionally vague to not allow the plaintiff to present evidence as to all charges that were incurred for medical services rendered following an accident. The Judge ruled that the full value of the medical bills could be presented into evidence even if the bills had been paid by the injured party’s own health insurance.

In another recent Missouri Court of Appeals case, the Court upheld a $300,000 jury verdict prior to allocation of fault. In the case, the medical providers charged $90,062.52 but the total amount paid for the medical treatment to the medical providers was $28,734.37. Plaintiff’s legal counsel argued that the total amount of the charged medical bills, $90,062.52, was the value of Plaintiff’s medical bills to be presented to the jury at the time of trial.

The court found that Plaintiff rebutted the presumption that the value of the medical bills was limited to the amount necessary to satisfy the financial obligation to the health care provider. In making its determination, the trial court looked at evidence of the medical bills incurred by the injured victim. Based on its reading of these Statutes, the Court of Appeals found that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding the total amount of the medical bills was the fair value of the bills. The court further noted that “Defendant’s argument that the court may only consider the medical bills “incurred” to the extent of the dollar amount paid has no merit.”

Experienced Legal Counsel

The Roberts Law Firm P.C. has the knowledge and experience to ensure that you are fully compensated for the full value of your medical bills incurred following a vehicle accident. As this area of law continues to change and develop, legal counsel with knowledge of how to present evidence of the full value of medical bills incurred is now an integral part of successful personal injury litigation in Missouri. Based upon the continuing changes and developments in the this area of the law, it is important to have legal counsel that will fight to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and to ensure that all of your damages are properly presented to the Court and Jury at the time of trial.

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