In an injury lawsuit, when comtemplating the dollar value of a lawsuit, which amount do you use: the doctor's straight charge (e.g., 10,000 for surgery) or the doctor/insurance contracted amount (e.g., 5000)?
It depends. Assuming it is NOT a medical practice case, the full amount of the bill is admissible at trial. Evidence of insurance payments or contracted rates are not allowed. However, there is a push by the insurance companies to only allow the amount actually paid to come in at trial.
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