Helfend v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist.

Supreme Court of California

2 Cal. 3d 1 (Cal. 1970)

The collateral-source rule is applicable to tort actions against public entities and employees.

Relevant Facts

Julius Helfend (the plaintiff) filed a tort action against the Southern California Rapid Transit District, a public-transit entity, and its employee, Kenneth Mitchell (the defendants), for injuries sustained as a result of a bus accident. The defendant offered evidence that 80% of the plaintiff’s hospital bill was paid for by his insurance. The trial court rejected the offer, holding that the collateral-source rule applied and that the award should not be reduced by insurance payments that the plaintiff received. The defendants appealed, arguing the collateral-source rule did not apply to tort actions against public entities and employees.

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Last updated:

December 20, 2020

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Citations

2 Cal. 3d 1 (Cal. 1970)