collateral source rule
collateral source rule n: a rule in torts: the amount of damages to be paid to a plaintiff by a defendant will not be reduced by payments received by the plaintiff from other sources (as medical insurance)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

collateral source rule
n.
A rule stating that if an injured person receives compensation from a source such as insurance, the damages the injured person can receive from the tortfeasor are not reduced by that amount.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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