Helfend v. Southern California Rapid Transit District

Supreme Court of California

465 P.2d 61 (Cal. 1970)

Under the collateral-source rule, an injured party’s receipt of compensation for injuries from a wholly independent source from that of the tortfeasor is not deductible from the damages that the injured party would otherwise collect.

Relevant Facts

Julius Helfend (the plaintiff) was injured a car accident caused by a bus owned by the Southern California Rapid Transit District (the defendant). The plaintiff brought suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking damages for his medical bills. The defendant sought to introduce evidence that a portion of the plaintiff’s medical bills were paid for by his insurance company. The trial court sustained the plaintiff’s objection to the introduction of the evidence under the collateral-source rule. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff. The defendant appealed, arguing that the collateral-source rule did not apply.

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Last updated:

December 20, 2020

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Citations

465 P.2d 61 (Cal. 1970)